Foster & Partners’ Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin’s Old Reichstag Parliament Building

by , 07/16/14

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The restored Reichstag boasts a 94% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, uses renewable bio-fuel (refined vegetable oil) and provides energy for a few others parliaments buildings behind it. Almost like a power station, its surplus heat is stored as hot water 990 feet below the ground and comes back as heating during winter. According to Foster’s website, the transformation focused on 4 issues: “The significance of the Bundestag as a democratic forum, a commitment to the public accessibility, a sensitivity to history and a rigorous environmental agenda”.

Located at the northeast end of the Tiergarten park, the new Reichstag building and cupola can be accessed free of charge if booked three days in advance, here.

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Lead image courtesy of Foster and Partners, other photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat 

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