The Reichstag building was completed in 1894 following German national unity and the establishment of the German Reich in 1871. After a complete restoration of Paul Wallot’s original building, the Bundestag reconvened here in Sir Norman Foster’s spectacularly restored Reichstag building on April 19, 1999. Topped by a completely rebuilt glass dome, lined with a viewing gallery for the public to look down upon the workings of their representatives, the new building is meant to symbolise the openness and transparency of 50 years of federal democracy.
I remember first stumbling upon this building, it’s sheer beauty and size. From the ground you cannot see the dome unless you have the combination of distance and the right angle. Although I roughly new what to expect from pictures online, it was a surreal suprise. I just stood there smiling, it was truly awesome, and I don’t mean the overused word we use in everyday situations, this literally inspired awe. After attempting to soak up all the information on display, I naturally pulled my cameras out and took way too many photos. To this day, there hasn’t been a single subject which I’ve been more excited about photographing. Norman Foster, I love you.