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.

Role Organisation
Architect FRANCO 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 façade Stuhlemmer Architekten im Auftrag des Fördervereins Berliner Schloss e.V.
Exhibition design ARGE Ralph Appelbaum Associates / malsyteufel GbR
Structural corporate design ARGE Holzer Kobler Architekturen GmbH / Gourdin & Müller GbR
Project cost analysis CONVIS Bau & Umwelt Ingenieurdienstleistungen GmbH
Structural engineering ARGE Tragwerksplanung Humboldt-Forum Berlin, Wetzel & von Seht, Krone, Pichler Ingenieure GmbH
Coordination building services Ludwig Becker, Frank Aron
Sanitary and heating engineering IGEA, Ingenieurgesellschaft für Erschließungs- und Anlagen-Planung mbH
Energy supply and refrigeration technique Geothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH
Ventilation and air conditioning facilities INROS LACKNER SE
Fire-extinguishing technique KAROPLAN Büro für technische Anlagen
Conveyance Ing.–Büro Wieczorreck
Construction of restoration workshops EUROLABORS AG, Aktiengesellschaft für integrale Laborplanung
Electrical engineering ARGE INNIUS Dresdner Ökotherm GmbH / INNIUS Gebäudetechnik Dresden GmbH
Security Systems, IT and communication Obermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH
Building physics, Room acoustics, Acoustic protection, Media engineering Müller-BBM GmbH
Fire engineering BPK Brandschutzplanung Klingsch
Lighting LichtVision GmbH
Geothermal energy planning Geothermie Neubrandenburg GmbH
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) ILK Dresden
Site logistic / health & safety coordinator REICHEL Ingenieurgesellschaft für Projektmanagement mbH, Mplus GmbH
Soil mechanics, earthworks and foundations IGB Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Surveyor ARGE Vermessung ARC-GREENLAB / Borgmann
Fire safety inspection engineer Margot Ehrlicher
Structural framework planning inspectors Kaleja, Stauch und Fehlau
Expert inspectors for ventilation, smoke alarm and smoke/heat extraction systems Gesellschaft freier Gutachter und Sachverständige
Expert inspectors for fire alarm and warning systems Sachverständigenbüro Wagner
Expert inspectors for back-up power supply Sachverständigenbüro Wagner
Expert inspectors for fire extinguisher systems Sachverständigenbüro Goldmann
Expert inspectors for energy use planning Dr. Zauft Ingenieurgesellschaft für Bauwesen mbH
Consultant barrier-free conception Raumkonzepte Ulrike Rau
Expert catering assessors Konzeptbüro Ingo B. Wessel
Expert assessors of draft facility management planning pom + International AG
Facility Management concept and implementation support NORD/FM Norddeutsche Facility-Management GmbH
Site contamination analysis uabg Gesellschaft für Umweltanalytik Boden- und Gewässerschutz mbH
Expert palace cellars assessors Ingenieure in der BauwerksErhaltung (IBE)
Investigation of palace cellar fragments GSB Universale Grund- und Sonderbau GmbH
Insurance advice L. FUNK & SÖHNE