"The comb-like buildings to the west (Paul-Lobe-Haus) and east (Marie-Elisabeth-Luders-Haus) of the river Spree and to the north of the Reichstag form a single building complex which is part of the "government ribbon" building project. The rhythm of the building structure is characterised by the alternation of building blocks and vegetated inner courtyards with glass roofs, which are as high as the buildings. The height of the buildings, the rhythm of building and courtyard and the size of the building blocks are based on the old building structure which was destroyed in the war."
-- Kieren, M. (1998). Neue Architektur, Berlin 1990-2000. Berlin: Jovis. p.42.
This image was 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.
Keywords: Marie-Elisabeth-Luders-Haus, Paul-Lobe-Haus, Parlamentsbauten, construction. Submitted by John Schooley, FAIA.