Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Berlin City

Light, air and earth

The structural expansion of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMELV) in the centre of Berlin focused on the utilisation of natural resources and the efficient use of renewable energy.

KREBS+KIEFER led the structural and physical analysis and collaborated on the energy plan for the cellared, six-floored new building next to the existing site. The complex design for the ventilation system and the indoor climate control included air conditioning using thermal lift and concrete core activation, as well as canyon-like floor openings to provide natural daylight on all floors.

Secondly, the plan was to remodel the Hanns Eisler School of Music building, formerly the Royal Ministry of Justice, for use as an office and administration building – with strict adherence to the guidelines for listed buildings with regard to the existing facade. Thanks to the redevelopment measures, the primary energy requirements fell to a quarter of their original value, thus representing an improvement on the energy savings target of 60 percent.


  • Structural Engineering
  • Thermal & Noise protection
  • Rehabilitation & Preservation
  • Expertise | Advice
  • Analyses | Studies