Construction work on Futurium, in Berlin’s Government District, has been completed – the Construction Site of the Future (Zukunftsbaustelle) is now a building that is simultaneously stage, museum, laboratory and forum of the future. The keys were officially handed over on 13 September 2017.
The construction project was a public-private partnership. BAM Deutschland AG is the private partner of the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA), which implemented the project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as the property owner and developer. The Futurium was designed by two Berlin-based architects, Christoph Richter and Jan Musikowski, in cooperation with landscape architects JUCA.
Construction started in March 2015 and the foundation stone was laid in June of the same year. One year later, the Futurium celebrated its roofing ceremony. The finished building has a footprint of roughly 4,000 square metres and offers over 3,000 square metres of exhibition space on the top floor alone.
On 16 September, citizens of Berlin and visitors to the city were given a “sneak peak” into the building – at the “A Day in the Future. Open House at Futurium” event. The event marked the start of a multi-stage opening schedule, which will continue in May 2018 with three Programme Weeks. The Futurium is scheduled to open fully in spring 2019.
For anyone who is interested, the webcam is still active: the Futurium continues to change every day. When sunlight hits the tiles on the sides of the façade, they reflect the light, and the large panorama window mirrors the various moods of the sky in different weather conditions. Anyone who visits the Futurium on one of the event days next year can wave at the camera from the roof.