Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
This white, finely crafted model shows a round-bodied, curving, and double architectural form on a narrow board base populated by figures. The visible load-bearing structure is made up of parallel, gateway-like archways for exhibition halls and office floors with no internal supports, which stretch along the street facade like a ribbon.
The building constructed as an extension to the Chamber of Trade and Industry takes up a central position in the western city, close to the station Zoologischer Garten. The five models of work kept in the Berlinische Galerie provide insight into one of the architect’s ideas that was not implemented. As it did not comply with the Berlin Senate Administration’s regulations regarding block perimeters and eaves height, the steel-framed building – known locally as the armadillo – was realised with a facade avoiding this archway construction.
Ludwig Erhard House, 1991-1997
Extension to the Chamber of Trade and Industry Berlin
Cardboard, paper, Kappa board
20 x 60 x 30 cm
Donation from the architect, 2001
Photograph: Ilona Ripke, Berlin
© Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners