State Council Building

The State Council Building (German: Staatsratsgebäude) is a building in the former East Berlin that hosted the State Council (German: Staatsrat), the collective head of state of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany or GDR), from 1964 to 1990.

State Council Building
The State Council Building in 2010.
State Council Building is located in Berlin
State Council Building
Location within Berlin
General information
StatusOccupied by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin)
TypeCultural building, Government building
Architectural styleModernist
LocationBerlin, (Mitte), Germany
Coordinates52°30′56″N 13°24′4″E / 52.51556°N 13.40111°E / 52.51556; 13.40111
Construction started1962
Inaugurated3 October 1964 (1964-10-03)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Roland Korn and Hans-Erich Bogatzky

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The building, which lies to the south of the Schloßplatz, was constructed from 1962 to 1964 by the architects Roland Korn and Hans-Erich Bogatzky. It incorporates in its asymmetrical facade the Karl-Liebknecht-Portal (Portal IV), a fraction of the facade of the former Berlin Palace (Berliner Schloss) comprising the balcony from which Karl Liebknecht proclaimed a "Free Socialist Republic of Germany" on 9 November 1918, on the eve of the end of World War I, two hours after Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the "Republic of Germany" from a window of the Reichstag building.

After the German reunification of 1990, the building temporarily accommodated the offices of the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Chancellery. This lasted from the move of the government from the Federal Chancellery in Bonn in 1999[1] until the inauguration of the new Chancellery in Berlin in 2001.

Since 2006, its premises are occupied by a higher education institution, the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin).

For the reconstruction of the Palace, a copy of the Portal IV was made and integrated into the new building.[2]

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References edit

  1. ^ Christophe Bourdoiseau (6 July 1999). "Berlin : le gouvernement s'installe dans du provisoire". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ (in French) Reconstruction des façades du château de Berlin