The Kempinski Hotel is the first building in a service-oriented zone of the Munich Airport. The building utilizes glass and steel constructions that are open and visible. The most important and most visible elements are: 1) rope-stressed cross bow roof with glazing in supporting steel framework, 2) rope-stressed glass walls with point-fastened ESG, 3) frameless point-fastened "screen" glass walls, 4) axis-wide, room-high prefabricated aluminum glass facade elements, 5) Projecting all-glass walls with geraniums, 6) elevator lobbies and main stairway with glass floor. More conventional is the technology of the reinforced steel structure and the mechanical heating, air condition and ventilation. --http://www.murphyjahn.com/english/frameset_intro.html
These images were taken in 2001 by John P. Schooley, FAIA, during the 'Berlin: Building the New City' tour. This tour was planned for architects and planners so that they could see first-hand how this once-divided city emerged from the Cold War to become a leading commercial and cultural center in Europe.
Submitted by John P Schooley, FAIA.