Germany, Berlin 

State Authority Offices for Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Berlin


Competition 1998 – 1st Prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan with Stephan Rewolle
Partner Hubert Nienhoff
Project manager Stephan Rewolle
Project team Kemal Akay, Margret Böthig, Annett Janeczko, Antje Pfeifer, Katja Bernert, Elke Hoffmeister, Henning Raske, Sonja Welzel
Special lighting Conceptlicht Helmut Angerer
Client Land Brandenburg, Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Construction period 1999 - 2001
Gross area 4,430 m²
Gross volume 19,290 m³



Christian Gahl

Both State Authority Offices are housed together in a building similar to that of a large city villa. The alternated position of the building volumes neutralizes the symmetry of their uses and simultaneously reacts to the existing city structure. The clearly denoted corners and the tower-like accentuation correspond to the neighbouring apartment houses and simultaneously create a clearly defined driveway. A multi-storeyed atrium hall located under a glass roof forms the central space shared by both authorities, around which the various uses are radially allocated in a clear vertical structure. Thereby an unmistakable public appearance is generated, whilst taking into account internal security requirements.

The severity of the "Palais" contrasts the hall’s light transparency, which is surrounded from both building angles. The hall’s vertical emphasis, reinforced by the towering construction, forms a deliberate contrast to the spatial character of the adjoining event areas, which take reference from the horizontal expanse of the garden. The reduction of the material and colour choice to three basic elements emphasizes the architectural quality of the pure space.

The garden is divided into various characteristic zones, which are designed as a spatial continuation of the respective event area. In consideration of the character of both States, they form the "passe-partout" for the architecture. Regional characteristics are also incorporated into the façade structure. The clearly organized, external slate envelope of the building is representative of Brandenburg and Prussia, whereas the rear wooden slats made of boat hull panelling is reminiscent of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with its particular Nordic flair.