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THE HUMBOLDT FORUM in the Berliner Schloss. Planning, Processes, Perspectives


Recently, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announced major plans to construct an innovative center for the arts and sciences within the reconstructed Berlin Palace on Museum Island. When completed, the Humboldt Forum―named for the forward-thinking brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt―will house the Foundation, the Central Library Berlin, and two state museums: the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art.

With numerous detailed drawings and plans for the building both inside and out, The Humboldt Forum in the Berliner Schloss provides a behind-the-scenes look at this ambitious project developed with the Italian architect Franco Stella. In addition to these plans, through contributions by renowned experts in the field, the book explores the key concepts behind the Humboldt Forum.

Planned for completion in 2015, the Humboldt Forum will be one of the most important additions to Germany’s cultural infrastructure in decades, and this informative yet accessible book offers a guide with which to understand its planning and construction.

Established in 1957, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation is a cultural institution with the aim of preserving the cultural legacy of the former state of Prussia, including a major plan to renovate Berlin’s Museum Island.