Thursday, February 19, 2009

Precedent Analysis

The Reichstag building in Germany was originally constructed between 1884-1894 by Paul Wallot and served as the seat for the federal Government in Berlin. On February 27, 1933, part of the Reichstag building was destroyed by a fire, most likely started by communists. After the war, the building was rebuilt in a simplified form from 1961–1971 by Paul Baumgarten. After the reunification, the building was reconstructed again by Sir Norman Forster who added an accessible dome.

Foster was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1999 for his work on the building.
The glass dome, serving as the main attraction of the building, is accessible to the public and is definitely a sight to see in person. Having been to the building myself, I can say that firsthand the dome is very unique and astounding to experience.

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