IDEA / CONCEPT

"The Berliner Schloss and the Public Spaces of the Museum Island of Berlin" is a photographic project that is part of a long documentation of the new Berlin Castle, a building under reconstruction by architect Franco Stella. The project of the new Castle was conceived on the basis of the Old Berlin Castle, and the main idea is to recover the old structure, rebuilding the dome, the external and internal facades as they were done in the original project. However, this is not a total reconstruction. The materials, elevations, details etc. are the result of the ideas of the architect Stella, who has modified the distribution of public spaces on Museum Island.

The old palace had two large main courtyards. They were the necessary courts for a building of this type, and with specific uses for a royal family. In the reconstruction, the use of the Schloss has also changed and has taken on a public role: a museum, university rooms and spaces for the community are planned.

THE FORUM
The new project sees as an important element the opening of the Forum, an elongated courtyard for public use that connects the Lust Garten with the Breitestrasse. This breaks the division that Schloss himself created on Museum Island. This connecting element adds a strong and visual relationship between the various buildings facing the square, such as the Cathedral or the Altes Museum.

THE AGORÁ and the SCHLOSSPLATZ
Thanks to the opening of the Forum, a different use of the interior spaces of the Castle is facilitated. The project has two other courtyards: Agorá and Schloss Platz, the first covered by a glass/steel ceiling. These two spaces are again open to the public and can be accessed through the diaphanous side elevations of the Forum. These two courtyards strengthen the longitudinal axis of the Palace.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT

The photographic research focuses on the new and old public spaces around the Berliner Schloss. The intention is to create two sequences of images in which relations are created between them. The first sequence follows the longitudinal axis of the castle, between the Agorá, the Humboldtforum and the SchlossPlatz. The second follows the axis of the Forum, connecting the Breitestrasse and the Lust Garten. The aim is to tell the story of the new public spaces spaces, which implement the existing ones.

The proposal to reconstruct the external facades and the dome according to their original appearance has been criticized by citizens and architects. This photo-project, while refraining from a judgement on the matter, also intends to observe the impact of the Castle with the urban surroundings.

 

FOLLOW UP OF THE BERLINER SCHLOSS WORKING SITE - Different phases
Photos done between 2015 and 2018, in collaboration with the architect Franco Stella.

 

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

FROM CASTLE TO CASTLE

Architectures in Berlin between the Bellevue Castle and the Berliner Schloss
The status of the things, 2018/19
Full project here


SIGNALS, RESONATING REVOLUTIONS

Photos of the performance of the Artist Artúr Van Baalen, for the 100 anniversay of the Weimar Republic.
2018


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The globalized City-Front, 2015/17

 
 

LUCA GIRARDINI

BIO / CV

Based in Berlin, specialized Architecture, Landscapes & Interior Design.
Born in 1980 in Vicenza, Italy.
Graduated in 2006 in Architecture university IUAV of Venice (Italy).
In 2009 began working as a freelance photographer between Italy, Germany and Spain, specializing in Architecture Photography with a workshop at the FORMA school of Milan (Italy).

Selected Clients / Collaborations

Studio Tomás Saraceno, Architect Franco Stella, TArchitect Muck Petzet, German Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, ransmediale, Artist Katja Novitwskowa, Wallpaper City Guide, Architect Sam Chermayeff, Haward Design Magazine, Polityka Magazine PL, De Morgen Magazine BE, Photofoyer Agency, Architect F.G. Schmid, Artist Artúr Van Baalen, Dylunio Constructions, Architect J. R. Duralde, Musei Civici di Vicenza, Airbnb, Houzz.de, Luxury Retreats, Veasyt.com, TinnappelMetz Retail, Comune di Camisano Vicentino, NALA Interiors, Living Magazine, Onformative Video Artists, RRC Studio Magazine, Architect, Bottega Veneta, CafeArchitettura, Hines Constructions Spain, Archdaily, and many others.