A Saxonian Highlight in Prussian Splendour
Deutsche Werkstätten's Scope of Service:
Interior outfitting, loose furniture
Since the beginning of 2014, the inhabitants of Potsdam have had their urban centre back. Since 1960, everyone who came from the Central Station have been met with - as it was described in the newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung - an "oppressive emptiness surrounded by sometimes beautiful and often less beautiful buildings". Since the bombing on the night of April 12, 1945 all that was left of the old City Palace was a ruin. The remains were demolished in 1960 on the instructions of the SED (Social Unity Party) leadership. Since 2010, under the direction of the architect Peter Kulka the City Palace has been reconstructed. From the outside, there is nothing that reminds you of a new building. The layout and the facade are inspired by the old forms for one thing. Another thing is that historical parts have been integrated into the new building. On the inside, however, the Brandenburg parliament is a modern building. And Deutsche Werkstätten has contributed to this.
In 1993 relatively soon after the re-privatization of Deutsche Werkstätten, the company contributed to the refurbishment of the Saxon Parliament in Dresden under Peter Kulka and again, 20 years later, we were involved in the work on the Brandenburg State Parliament. This commission was a nice interplay between the sister companies Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau and Deutsche Werkstätten Lebensräume, our trading division. The two organizational entities formed a joint project team for this project which was responsible for one of the parts of the interior outfitting. Hence all staff and members of the parliament store their paperwork in fitted furniture produced by Deutsche Werkstätten. At the entrance of the building as well as in two other places in the public area there are counters from Hellerau. The handrails and balustrade panels of the two public staircases to the right and left of the Chamber were fabricated by us as well as the acoustic walls in the meeting rooms and at the heart of the parliament, the Chamber itself.
In the Chamber, as well as in much of the rest of the building, the (monastic) state colours of white, silver and red dominate. The red comes into play primarily through the "Vitra" furniture; in the Chamber alone, there are 120 chairs of the design classic "Alu Chair". In addition to this, we delivered 455 chairs for the staff offices, lounge furniture for the lobbies and tables and chairs for the cafeteria on the top floor of the parliament building.
Text: Deutsche Werkstätten
Photo: Hans-Christian Schink