• Schlüterhof Roof, German Historical Museum
    © Bela Letto

Schlüterhof Roof, German Historical Museum

Berlin, Germany, 2002

The interplay of volume and transparency is a fascinating aspect of the skylight covering of the Schlüterhof courtyard. The courtyard is square-shaped, measuring 40 x 40 meters, and was roofed over as part of the remodeling into a museum by I. M. Pei. The load bearing structure runs diagonal to the corners, to where it is supported by existing masonry piers. Standing at right angles, as opposed to lying flat in the shell, the steel slats form a spatial structure. Four planar, vertical circular segments form the outer boundaries. The double curved shell consists of quadrangular meshes with a mesh width of 1.75 x 1.75 m. To obtain flat quadrangular meshes the geometry was generated using translative surfaces.

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Architect

    I.M. Pei, New York, in in collaboration with Eller + Eller Architekten

  • Client

    Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung

  • Contractor

    MERO GmbH und Co. KG, Würzburg

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, construction design, site supervision

  • Length 41.20 m
  • Height 6 m
  • Steel S355J2G3
  • Cast elements GS20Mn5V
  • Span 41.20 m
  • Plan area 1,800 m²
  • Cables stainless steel
  • Schlüterhof Roof, German Historical Museum © Bela Letto
  • Schlüterhof Roof, German Historical Museum © Bela Letto

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