Humboldt Forum: Germany‘s biggest cultural construction site

The Humboldt Forum is being built in the heart of Berlin. The precast producer Dreßler Bau supplied more than 2,500 precast concrete elements for the façade. The major project made high demands on production, logistics and installation.

The palace of electors, kings and the German emperors characterized the image of Berlin over 500 years. Though it was gutted by fire, it was substantially solid, anyhow, the deputy prime minister at that time, Walter Ulbricht, had the palace blown in 1950, which was a monument of reaction and feudalism, from his point of view. In this way, he created space for the Palace of the Republic, the „home of the people“, which was opened in 1976.


Architectural concrete façade made by Dreßler

After the unification of GDR and FRG, the palace block, contaminated with asbestos, was demolished without a...

Related articles:

Issue 09/2016 Dyckerhoff

Dyckerhoff Weiss for the Berlin Palace

The reconstruction of the Berlin Palace as Humboldt Forum is one of the most widely noted construction sites in Germany at present. According to the architectural design of Franco Stella, several...

Issue 02/2016 Detailed Planning of The Precast Concrete Façades

Reconstruction of The Berlin City Palace –

Demolished in 1950 by the GDR regime, the German Lower House of Parliament decided, in 2002, to rebuild the Hohenzollern Palace with three sides of baroque façades and one of the courts...

Issue 11/2018

Germany’s largest “cultural construction site”

Previously encircled by the wall, the East German people loved their “home” so much that the asbestos-ridden “palace box” was utterly and completely demolished to give way to the reconstruction of...

Issue 02/2017 Architectural concrete for Berlin public buildings

Berlin Palace reconstruction and James Simon Gallery

Either of these projects is in the focus of the general public, and opinions strongly diverge even within the architectural community. Quite a number of proponents of the reconstruction of the Berlin...


Eirich: Dressler precast component factory – a success story

Dressler Bau GmbH, from Aschaffenburg, can look back on over 100 years company history. The development of the precast component factory in Stockstadt has seen EIRICH involved from the very start:...