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Entrée – Entrance hall and meeting point

View of the entrance hall, competition entry interior corporate design Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich; photo: Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich
View of the entrance hall, competition entry interior corporate design Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich; photo: Holzer Kobler Architekturen Zürich

The architectural design of the main access point to the palace will be expansive and inviting. Future visitors will be greeted by an impressive entrance hall that will direct them on their way through the Humboldt Forum. This is where information and tickets can be obtained, where people meet up and are seen. But the entrance area is more than this: it’s a place that prepares visitors for the voyage of discovery and experience on which they are about to embark. Based on the principle of the historical Kunstkammer, (cabinet of art), it presents a fascinating glimpse into the richness of this world.

The entrance hall is the beating heart, the point to which all things in the building gravitate. The space’s overwhelming height gives visitors a taste of the scale of the historical palace. The space is set to become a sheltered meeting place, accessible to everyone, Berliners and international guests alike, where the Humboldt Forum’s sense of hospitality, inspiration, and vitality will be demonstrated in a surprising and engaging way. Display screens show what’s currently on offer at the Forum and feature an enticing array of topics, passions, artworks, and everyday life experience, all firmly rooted in the here and now. The spacious galleries that circle around and above and that stretch over three separate floors provide the stage for a display that aims to rekindle the spirit of the cabinets of art of past centuries through the array of its diverse objects and installations. This will be the site where developments in the history of ideas will be singled out and brought to life to show how their effects reverberated through the centuries and helped shape our present day. While the Kunstkammer aimed to present the world in microcosm, the Forum will be a modern-day macrocosm of the world. No longer fuelled by the dry collection of strange curiosities and rare objects, it will instead thrive from the testaments of a process of exchange that has evolved over centuries and an equitable dialogue between the cultures of the world.