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Leipziger Straße 3-4
10117 Berlin
Postal address:
11055 Berlin

The 754th session of the Bundesrat (Federal Council or Upper House of Parliament) on 29 September 2000 marked the start of its work in its new premises at 3-4 Leipziger Straße. The building it now occupies, formerly the Upper House of the Prussian Parliament, was converted to plans by the architectural practice of Schweger + Partner from Hamburg.

The Bundesrat's decision to transfer to Berlin came fairly late. Having originally agreed in 1991 to remain in Bonn, the federal states resolved in 1996 to make the move to Berlin after all.

The former Upper House of the Prussian Parliament was intended for use by the Berlin Offices of the federal ministries remaining in Bonn. However the federal states finally decided to move in after being forced for financial reasons to renounce their plans for a new building opposite the Reichstag.

The building on Leipziger Straße was built between 1899 and 1904 as the seat of the Upper House of the Prussian Parliament. The architect was Friedrich Schulze-Colditz.

Badly damaged in the Second World War, its central section and west wing were subsequently rebuilt and used by the GDR Academy of Sciences. The east wing now forms part of the Detlev Rohwedder Building, in which the Federal Minister of Finance resides.

Schweger + Partner removed the various fixtures and intermediate ceilings inserted in GDR times, thus recreating the original sequence along the axis of the building from the court of honour to the entrance hall, lobby and chamber. Visitors can make their way from the lobby to the second floor, where they can follow the proceedings from the seats that have been reinstalled on three sides of the chamber. As the centrepiece of the building, the chamber has been equipped with modern fittings, which have been deliberately designed to recall the interior decoration, such as the wooden wainscoting, that was either destroyed in the war or subsequently removed during conversion work.

The rooms for the federal states are in the wings. The library, house management and computer centre are accommodated in the nearby Detlev Rohwedder Building.

Further information:
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Reiner Elsen
Bundesbildstelle Bonn / B. Kühler


Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment
Württembergische Straße 6, 10707 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 90139-3000

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