Jakob Kaiser House

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Jakob Kaiser House
Dorotheenstrasse - right and left buildings of the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus

Dorotheenstrasse - right and left buildings of the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus

place Berlin center
architect House 1 and 2:
Schweger & Partner ,
House 3 and 7:
Busmann + Haberer ,
House 4 and 8:
Gerkan, Marg and Partner ,
House 5 and 6:
de Architekten Cie
Architectural style Postmodern
Construction year 2002
Coordinates 52 ° 31 '6 "  N , 13 ° 22' 44"  E Coordinates: 52 ° 31 '6 "  N , 13 ° 22' 44"  E

The Jakob-Kaiser-Haus is a building complex in the Berlin district of Mitte and forms the largest German parliament building . It houses various offices of the Bundestag and is named after the politician Jakob Kaiser ( Center Party , later CDU ).

Drafts and construction

The Jakob-Kaiser-Haus consists of eight six-storey buildings each designed by four different architectural offices in 1997 (House 1 and 2: Schweger & Partner , House 3 and 7: Busmann + Haberer , House 4 and 8: Gerkan, Marg and Partner , House 5 and 6: de Architekten Cie ). The keys were handed over on January 23, 2002. The former palace of the President of the Reichstag belongs to the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus and was redesigned by Thomas van den Valentyn . Other existing buildings, such as the VDI House and the Sommer House , a former bank building, were integrated into the complex. Houses 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 are separated by Dorotheenstraße , but two bridges connect the houses with each other. Furthermore, three passages run under Dorotheenstrasse, which also connect the two buildings. Furthermore, a passage - also underground - extends to the Reichstag building .

From Jakob Kaiser Building, it is also possible underground through a Spreetunnel , the supply tunnels government district , under the Spree and into the Marie-Elisabeth-Lueders-Haus or Paul Löbe Building to arrive. The government district supply tunnel is an access tunnel for truck deliveries, for example for the casino (staff canteen) and the entrance to the underground parking decks under the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus and the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus.

The building had to be renovated several times because it was raining repeatedly through the roof.


Inner courtyard with artwork by the architects WES & Partner
Glass plates with the first 19 articles of the Basic Law

In this largest German parliament building there are a total of 1745 offices, including 314 offices for members of parliament . The parliamentary offices have a standard size of 18 m², but are equipped differently. In addition, there are 43 meeting rooms, two conference rooms, which are used, among other things, for investigative committees , and a TV studio in the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus. The press center of the German Bundestag and various media services are also located in the building.

In addition to the parliamentary rooms, there are four shops and the canteen, known as the casino , with 570 seats in the building.

Architecture and art

In the courtyards of the Jakob-Kaiser-Haus there are several art objects by various artists, for example in the courtyard of Haus 3, which was designed by the Israeli artist Dani Karavan . The inner courtyard, open to the Spree, was delimited by glass plates on which the first 19 articles of the Basic Law in the version from 1949 can be read. It was decided to use the glass plates so as not to obstruct the view of the inner courtyard, but to create a demarcation.

Use before the renovation

In today's house 5 with the natural stone mosaic by Charles Crodel (1951/1952) the " Chamber of Technology " of the GDR was formerly housed. Haus Sommer , a former bank building, was integrated into house 7 . Today it houses the offices of the parliamentary group leaders of the left-wing group . Small relics from previous use, however, were consciously preserved, for example a freight elevator or the reinforced door to the former vault.


  • Hagen Eying, Alexander Kluy, Gina Siegel (editor): Democracy as a client. Federal buildings in Berlin from 1991 to 2000 . Ed .: Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing. 1st edition. Junius Verlag, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-88506-290-9 , p. 70-83 .

Web links

Commons : Jakob-Kaiser-Haus  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. de Architects Cie
  2. www.bundestag.de , March 27, 2013
  3. ^ Olaf Kanter: Serious construction defects - the new Bundestag building is threatened with demolition. In: Der Spiegel . November 11, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018 .