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German Historical Museum Addition 

LERA was the structural engineer for this classic work by renowned architect I.M. Pei, consisting of a glass-and-steel addition to the German Historical Museum connected to the original museum building via an underground passageway.


The addition is composed of a glass-enclosed spiral staircase, a 16,100-sf glass wall and a 9,500-sf skylight. The design’s intent was to make the original opaque building more inviting to the public. With every step, new perspectives open up in both the light-flooded entrance hall and the traditional architecture of the surrounding city center, such as the neighboring baroque building, dubbed the ”Zeughaus,” which was once the old armoury.


Berlin, Germany



German Historical Museum


I.M. Pei, Architect

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