Humboldt Forum



Professor Franco Stella, who was awarded first place in the international architectural competition to design the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, has formed a project group with two companies to achieve the considerable amount of planning required. Hilmer Sattler Architekten Ahlers Albrecht (HSA) is overseeing the planning and implementation of the design, while gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner (gmp) is in charge of construction management. Professor Stella retains sole responsibility for the overall planning.

Significant preparatory work for the reconstruction of the historical facade has been undertaken by Stuhlemmer Architekten on behalf of the friends' association Berliner Schloss e.V.

Exhibition design

A team from Ralph Appelbaum Associates and malsyteufel has been busy planning the design of the exhibition spaces at the Humboldt Forum since April 2013. Based in New York, London and Peking, Ralph Appelbaum Associates was established in 1978. As one of the largest exhibition specialists worldwide, Appelbaum has designed major museums and exhibitions in numerous countries across the globe. These include the American Museum of National History in New York, the Holocaust Museum in Houston and the Deng Xiaoping Memorial Museum in Sichuan. malsyteufel can similarly boast more than two decades of success as an exhibition designer. Founded by Professor Victor Malsy and Professor Philipp Teufel, the company has fitted out many museums including the Neanderthal museum in Düsseldorf. They have also designed numerous exhibitions in venues such as the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main and the Zeche Zollverein in Essen.

Structural corporate design

A team from the Zurich-based Holzer Kobler Architekturen GmbH and Gourdin & Müller GbR from Leipzig is creating the structural corporate design, which includes an orientation system and all the functional furniture such as ticket counters, reception desks, seating, etc.

The planners' HQ

The "headquarters" for the planners has been set up close to the construction site on the corner of Gertraudenstrasse and Fischerinsel, bringing together the pertinent department of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, the architects' studio and the project's specialist planners in one building. With the foundation itself located in the former Kronprinzenpalais at No. 3 Unter den Linden, the client, construction management team, architects and specialist planners for every aspect of the construction project are all now working in close proximity to the site. Suitable office facilities are also being sought in the area for the recently established subsidiary Humboldt Forum Kultur GmbH.

ArchitectFRANCO STELLA – BERLINER SCHLOSS – HUMBOLDT-FORUM PROJEKTGEMEINSCHAFT, GbR – BERLIN, Prof. Franco Stella, Hilmer & Sattler und Albrecht Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, gmp (von Gerkan, Marg & Partner)
Design of historical façadeStuhlemmer Architekten im Auftrag des Fördervereins Berliner Schloss e.V.
Exhibition designARGE Ralph Appelbaum Associates / malsyteufel GbR
Structural corporate designARGE Holzer Kobler Architekturen GmbH / Gourdin & Müller GbR
Project cost analysisCONVIS Bau & Umwelt Ingenieurdienstleistungen GmbH
Structural engineeringARGE Tragwerksplanung Humboldt-Forum Berlin, Wetzel & von Seht, Krone, Pichler Ingenieure GmbH
Coordination building servicesLudwig Becker, Frank Aron
Sanitary and heating engineeringIGEA, Ingenieurgesellschaft für Erschließungs- und Anlagen-Planung mbH
Energy supply and refrigeration techniqueGeothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH
Ventilation and air conditioning facilitiesINROS LACKNER SE
Fire-extinguishing techniqueKAROPLAN Büro für technische Anlagen
ConveyanceIng.–Büro Wieczorreck
Construction of restoration workshopsEUROLABORS AG, Aktiengesellschaft für integrale Laborplanung
Electrical engineeringARGE INNIUS Dresdner Ökotherm GmbH / INNIUS Gebäudetechnik Dresden GmbH
Security Systems, IT and communicationObermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH
Building physics, Room acoustics, Acoustic protection, Media engineeringMüller-BBM GmbH
Fire engineeringBPK Brandschutzplanung Klingsch
LightingLichtVision GmbH
Geothermal energy planningGeothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)ILK Dresden
Site logistic / health & safety coordinatorREICHEL Ingenieurgesellschaft für Projektmanagement mbH, Mplus GmbH
Soil mechanics, earthworks and foundationsIGB Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
SurveyorARGE Vermessung ARC-GREENLAB / Borgmann
Fire safety inspection engineerMargot Ehrlicher
Structural framework planning inspectorsKaleja, Stauch und Fehlau
Expert inspectors for ventilation, smoke alarm and smoke/heat extraction systemsGesellschaft freier Gutachter und Sachverständige
Expert inspectors for fire alarm and warning systemsSachverständigenbüro Wagner
Expert inspectors for back-up power supplySachverständigenbüro Wagner
Expert inspectors for fire extinguisher systemsSachverständigenbüro Goldmann
Expert inspectors for energy use planningDr. Zauft Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauwesen mbH
Consultant barrier-free conceptionRaumkonzepte Ulrike Rau
Expert catering assessorsKonzeptbüro Ingo B. Wessel
Expert assessors of draft facility management planningpom + International AG
Facility Management concept and implementation supportNORD/FM Norddeutsche Facility-Management GmbH
Site contamination analysisuabg Gesellschaft für Umweltanalytik Boden- und Gewässerschutz mbH
Expert palace cellars assessorsIngenieure in der BauwerksErhaltung (IBE)
Investigation of palace cellar fragmentsGSB Universale Grund- und Sonderbau GmbH
Insurance adviceL. FUNK & SÖHNE