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Archive: The Capital City of Berlin - Documentation

The Competitions


The planning of the state capital was realised by way of numerous competitions, which were, in the main, an integral part of the development measure. Note, however, that some competitions, such as the first two mentioned below, were held before the development measure was started.

Urban Planning Competitions:
Open Space Planning:
Bridges:
As awarding authority, the Federation held a competition for each of the individual Federal Buildings (parliament building, chancellor's office and ministries). These buildings were not part of the development measure. Berlin had already prepared general conditions for urban development in advance and established planning laws. The most important of these constructional competitions were for the following buildings:
  • German Bundestag - Reichstags building
  • new construction of a Federal Chancellery
  • new construction of an administrative building for the Office of the Federal President
  • the Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus parliament buildings
  • the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus parliament building
  • Extension of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Extension of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and
  • Extension of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing (now the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs)
In addition, numerous competitions were held for Embassies, Provincial Representatives and organisations by the respective awarding authorities.