Architect (state council building, ESMT Berlin campus)
I was 31 years old when I received the order to design the building. We had a very good team with a mixture of young and old. It took three years until the building was finished. When it was discussed after reunification what should happen to the State Council building, I remember that Klaus Töpfer, the Federal Minister of Regional Planning, Building, and Urban Development, said that the building should remain. When the new Chancellery in Berlin was not yet completed, the interim use of the building by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder showed that the former State Council building could also work very well and meet modern needs – as it does now for ESMT. I am very happy that the building has been preserved, so beautifully and expertly restored, and rebuilt, and that it now serves science and teaching. It could also be a gift to the architecture of past architectural epochs to preserve the building for the future.