Greetings from Berlin! The first installment in my design tour of Germany and Scandinavia brought me to the Philology Library at the Free University of Berlin.

Completed just last fall as part of an ongoing rennovation of the campus, the unique hemispheric structure of glass and steel was designed by superstar architects Foster and Partners, headquartered in London. Affectionately nicknamed the Berlin Brain, the Library is an architectural jewel for both the University and the City of Berlin itself, as well as a beautiful manifestation of both active and passive energy-saving design.

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  1. StructureHub August 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Two years in, the Berlin Brain still withstanding the design tests of time.

  2. Inhabitat » NORMA... May 9, 2007 at 10:39 am

    […] and a center for innovation. We’ve seen sustainable structures from Foster before, from his Green Library in Berlin to the proposed Entertainment Center in Kazakhstan, but this takes Foster’s green […]

  3. Robert Monie January 3, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Foster worked with Buckminster Fuller on underground sustainable structures, and it is clear from this library that Bucky’s many lessons were not lost on Foster. It is instructive to compare the work of one of Fuller’s protegees, Edward Allard, with the design of the Berlin library: see

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