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I'd rather have bird poop than graffiti tags lol.

For the record, I'd also rather have bird poop than see nets put all over the decorations to keep the pigeons off. I hope that if they take any anti-pigeon steps, that they choose much less visually invasive solutions than those horrid nets.
 

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Great and illuminating interview (in German though) with Wilhelm von Boddien, the innitiator of the City Palace reconstruction:


The interview also addresses the one question asked over and over again, also in this forum: "Why didn't they reconstruct all of the Palace like the east wing?"
The simple and very plausible answer: They constrained their reconstruction demands to what was at that time politically feasable. The resolution to rebuild the City Palace was passed only with a slim 2/3 majority in parliament. Had they at that time demanded more, they wouldn't have reached that 2/3 majority and the Palace would not have been rebuilt at all.
The innitiators did however make sure to leave the option to also reconstruct much of the palace interior or the east wing for later generations once the political will has changed.

Even the by many hated east facade was a lesser evil, because with its architect, Franco Stella, the City Palace and the innitiators actually gained an ally for more reconstruction. Thanks to Stella's consent so much more was in the meantime recostructed than was initially planned: The dome, including the cross, 3 inner portals, 5 passage ways to the courtyards and the "round corner" of the south facade for which Stella actually cut the modern east facade shorter.
Had another architect won the contest to rebuilt the Palace that all might not have been possible. We can see that with the architect of Potsdam's recently reconstructed palace, Peter Kulka, he clashed all the time with innitiators of that reconstruction and he asserted less reconstruction than was possible.

Wilhelm von Boddien and other innitiators deserve a medal for their smarts and assertiveness over so many years. :)
 

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In this BBR video we have the best preview of the lantern crowning the dome yet:

https://www.rbb-online.de/zibb/archiv/20200130_1827/schloss.html

The artist Andreas Hoferick did a fantastic job recreating all angel sculptures. They look like they are genuine originals of the 19th century. Beautiful, clear and confident classical style.

Hoferick also did two amazing marble busts honoring Wilhelm von Boddien (the innitiator of the City Palace reconstruction) and Franco Stella (the architect of the new City palace). Both busts will be showcased in a representative manner in the finished City Palace. :)









Image source:
http://www.steinrestaurierung-hoferick.com/en/references/referenzen-detail/article/portaitbuesten-wilhelm-von-boddien-und-franco-stella/
 

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I enjoy following the construction. For those in Germany, I have a few questions:
1. Will the colonnade's to the east where the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument stood be built, or have the leftist parties killed that idea. I'm not saying that they need a monument for the Kaiser, but the colonnade's would be nice.
2. Has the issue of the cross on the dome been settled?
3. The old schloss had a chapel in the dome. Will there be a chapel in the new schloss?
Was in Berlin in April, and they were laying what looked like copper on the dome. The dome must be taking a lot of intricate work in order to get it finished.
4. Why didn't they tear off the original balcony off of the old politburo building to the south and integrate it in to the schloss? Maybe the university didn't want their building disturbed. BTW: the old socialist windows in that building were cool.
 

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1. Will the colonnade's to the east where the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument stood be built, or have the leftist parties killed that idea. I'm not saying that they need a monument for the Kaiser, but the colonnade's would be nice.
The chances of the colonnades returning are very slim to none. A modern unity memorial is supposed to be built on that spot. The unity memorial is however being delayed again and again. It is getting more and more costly, there are nature protection issues and antisentiment in the population is steadily rising. Let's just hope it won't ever get build, then the colonnades might have a chance again.


2. Has the issue of the cross on the dome been settled?
There was never an issue really. Some leftist activists complained in leftist newspapers, the typical very vocal minority. The cross topping the dome was however always planned, never in question and it is going to return. In fact they are finishing work on it as we speak.


3. The old schloss had a chapel in the dome. Will there be a chapel in the new schloss?
Was in Berlin in April, and they were laying what looked like copper on the dome. The dome must be taking a lot of intricate work in order to get it finished.
The dome will remain mostly empty, because even though they top the dome with a cross, for the simple reason that they are doing a 100% reconstruction of the outside and the cross is part of that, there will not be a chapel in the new City Palace/Humboldt Forum. It is going to be a museum, culture and convention complex, no need for a chapel.


4. Why didn't they tear off the original balcony off of the old politburo building to the south and integrate it in to the schloss? Maybe the university didn't want their building disturbed. BTW: the old socialist windows in that building were cool.
The Staatsratsgebäude (State Council Building) you are referring to is a protected monument, they can't just tear parts off of it. The City Palace balcony is an essential part of the building.
A little known fact is also that the balcony only contains very few original elements of the City Palace. It's just like new City Palace mostly a new reconstruction with only some small parts of the original, mainly the statues.
 

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From my understanding the issue is that the local Berlin governing body opposed the whole reconstruction, but it went ahead anyway due to the national government ‘gifting’ the palace to the city, despite their objections. The city owns the space around the palace, including the space where the original fountains and colonnade are, therefore no reconstructions are likely as they oppose such actions.
 

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The chances of the colonnades returning are very slim to none. A modern unity memorial is supposed to be built on that spot. The unity memorial is however being delayed again and again. It is getting more and more costly, there are nature protection issues and antisentiment in the population is steadily rising. Let's just hope it won't ever get build, then the colonnades might have a chance again.


The Staatsratsgebäude (State Council Building) you are referring to is a protected monument, they can't just tear parts off of it. The City Palace balcony is an essential part of the building.
A little known fact is also that the balcony only contains very few original elements of the City Palace. It's just like new City Palace mostly a new reconstruction with only some small parts of the original, mainly the statues.
I tried to get into the rooms where all the politburo meetings took place, but the university wouldn't let me see it. I wanted to see the room that still has the GDR emblem in the wall.
I never knew that very little of the original balcony was used. That balcony was a sacred spot for the communists. At least it's protected.

When I was in Berlin, the colonnades at Marion-Gräfin-Dönhoff-Platz on Leipzger Str. are beautiful. Something with that architecture would look really nice where the Kaiser monument stood.
The unity boat that they had for the front looked terrible. I hope they are not thinking of that.
 

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What is left to be done on the dome in terms of layers and the final bronze etc?
 

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What is left to be done on the dome in terms of layers and the final bronze etc?
Only the ribs of the dome need to be clad in copper, then it is finished. After that in may the entire lantern and cross will be heaved up on top and everything is finished.

Oh, I forgot they might also gild the oculi of the dome to match the gilded lantern, but I am not sure if they will.
 
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