A jungle for the Berlin Humboldt Forum!
The Berlin Humboldtforum, named after the Humboldt brothers, will become a world center for culture and is housed in the reconstruction of a historical palace.
We designed a hanging garden with lianas overgrowing the Prussian palace and a tropical forest for its roof.
Jungle replaces Concrete
The story: Badly damaged during WW2, the Berlin City Palace was blown up in the communist era. At its place came the “Palast der Republik”, a building for state representation, that was then demolished after the reunification of Germany.
What can we do as long as the Baroque elements of the Humboldt Forum façade are missing – and there is still freedom and space for appropriation?
Humboldt Dschungel is more than the greening of a façade.
Humboldt Dschungel lets “grass grow over” and reconciles with the layered historical wounds of this place.
Humboldt Dschungel refers to the interdisciplinary approach of the Humboldt brothers.
By means of a ‘jungle’ covering Humboldt Dschungel dis-covers Humboldtforum and opens it up for the Dialogue of Cultures – in reverence to the naturalist and dis-coverer Alexander von Humboldt.
“With the moving of the Dahlem Museums the castle will become a modern museum; a Humboldt Dschungel could give him some of Humboldt’s spirit.”
Christoph Heinrich, World Wide Fund for Nature WWF Germany, Deputy Executive Director, Chief Conservation, 29-01-2016.