Federal Archive Storage Facility Berlin

Treasure trove of historical evidence

The new storage facility building serves as a warehouse for largely irreplaceable historical documents. The rolling stack system used in the building gives rise to an immense load of 1.25 tons per square metre. Therefore one of the goals was to ensure that the floors have a very high load-bearing capacity with very little distortion when being used. The building was constructed on a seventy centimetre thick concrete slab on an elastic foundation, which guarantees even settling. The floor slabs were designed to underpin and support; in the storage area they have a thickness of 32 centimetres. For the optimum usage of the rolling stacks, the pillars were arranged in a grid of 6 by 6 metres.

The delicate archive materials survive solely due to a constant temperature and level of air humidity being maintained. The solution – with a leading role played by KREBS+KIEFER in its development, was as follows: The solid components of the building function as a buffer, in that they retain and then slowly release surplus moisture and heat. The cladding of the building protects against any fluctuations in the external climate.


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