The Berlin Federal Ribbon straddles the river Spree in a dramatic, continuous, strip design, called the Band des Bundes and houses government buildings. Seen from above all the buildings align in an east-west, straight line, the only break between them is the curving river Spree.
Architects of the Berlin Federal Ribbon
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 it was decided to move Germany’s government from Bonn back to Berlin, meaning most of their buildings had to be created from scratch. 835 architects entered the competition to design them. The Berlin Federal Ribbon concept was won by Axel Schultes and Charlotte Frank. The Paul-Löbe-Haus and Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus were designed by Stefan Braunfels.
In the photographs the Paul-Löbe-Haus appears on the left hand side of the bridge, The Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus is on the right hand side of the bridge. The shot from beneath the roof of the Paul-Löbe-Haus shows how much the details curve to accurately follow the flow of the river.
These hand held shots were taken with an extra wide angle 14-24mm zoom lens.