Ansicht des Gebäudes mit vorgelagertem öffentlichen Platz
Seitliche Ansicht in Richtung S-Bahnbrücke
Haupteingang mit vorgelagertem Platz
Großer Lesesaal
Forschungslesesaal im 6. Obergeschoss


StandortGeschwister- Scholl- Straße 1, D-10117 Berlin-Mitte
BauherrHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
BauvolumenGFA 37.500 m²
VerfahrenCompetition 2004, 1st Prize

Integrating twelve branch libraries and departmental libraries from the areas of the humanities, cultural, social and economic sciences, gave birth to Germany’s largest open-access library, the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre. In order to highlight the significance of the library in terms of urban construction, a part of the building exceeds the usual standard height for eaves in Berlin. This section of the building, which towers 40 meters above the ground, has its place in the silhouette of the urban cultural landscape of the nearby Museum Island. The texture of Berlin’s Dorotheenstadt quarter is opened in the vicinity to accommodate a small city square that runs alongside the city train viaduct. The discussion about whether one central reading room or several separate rooms should be built was resolved by deciding in favour of both. All 2.5 million media units can be reached from the stepped reading room, thus creating a central room which also enables one to work in a decentralised manner. In the spirit of Humboldt, the library brings together fields of knowledge and, at the same time, animates the reader to venture beyond the boundaries of these fields in the truest sense of the word.