The reunification of East and West Germany into a single political state on October 3, 1990 heralded a significant shift in global politics. In the two decades since glasnost, many traces of the Iron Curtain have receded into history, leaving few reminders of an era that directly impacted every nation in the world for nearly a half century.
One of these remaining fragments was the Palast der Republik, erected in Berlin in 1976. The Palast was constructed in 1,000 days – a symbol of Communist pride – on the site of the former Berliner Standtschloss (Berlin City Palace), and served as the Parliament building for the German Democratic Republic until reunification.
Embracing the political and cultural complexities of the site, we engage in the design of a new building to host a Museum to the Cold War. This museum will operate ‘in multiple ways, providing gallery and event spaces which will document and present the history and reach of the Cold War while continuing to provide space for cultural performance and public appropriation on the site.