ESMT Berlin (former Monument state Council of the German Democratic Republic)
Photo: Stefan Günther
Photo: Stefan Günther

ESMT Berlin (former Monument state Council of the German Democratic Republic)

Modern energy-saving technology with 585 luminaires with over 4000 lighting points

The historically listed State Council building was built from 1962 until 1964, to house the State Council of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). 

Following two years of renovation and restoration work, a new era was begun when the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) moved into the building.

mawa design restored numerous existing lamps in the building, equipping them with modern energy saving technology. Centrally managed IT infrastructure provides enormous savings related to daily use of the building. 

Photography

Stefan Günther

Scope of services

4 × ceiling lamps with 8 × 28 W and 1 × 40 W, dimmable

42 × cove luminaries in the stairwell and beneath the landings, with emergency lighting, 2 × 28W

2 × 10 linear fluorescent lights (Café and Bookshop), 3 × 28 W and 2 × down-lights. 27 recessed ceiling lights, 2-part round, with ring of 6 lamps, 32 W each, and 1 central down-light: 250 W HV-Halogen

400 ×  square, recessed ceiling lights, 620 × 620 mm, 4 × 14W LL. Thirty-five recessed ceiling lights, some with emergency light function, exterior ring with 6 lamps 32 W and central down-light with reflector and 250 W HV-Halogen bulb.

8 × lights with rod/sphere connections (Atomium), each with over 30 bulbs at 40 W apiece

32 × chandeliers with acrylic glass pendants on suspension rods, 8 × 28 W, dimmable

12 × chandeliers with acrylic glass pendants, 4× 14 W, 1 × 40 W down-light, dimmable

10 × linear, 2-part recessed ceiling lights, 3 × 54W, with 4 down-lights apiece and 250 W HV-Halogen each

2 × recessed ceiling lights on each floor, 3 × 28 W/ T16

7 × ceiling lights with satin-finished glass covers, 2 × 28 W

9 × ceiling lamps, 8 × 28 W and 1 × 40 W AGL

1 × recessed ceiling light with 12 individual bulbs, Drop bulb: PAR38, each with 120 W point spotlights

13 × surface mounted ceiling lights, type »Limburg«, white, as well as brass, some with emergency light function

21 × recessed ceiling lights, individually damp-proof, 36 W each

Photo: Stefan Günther
Photo: Stefan Günther

Offices, conference rooms, banquet halls, and ballrooms, in addition to the so-called Diplomats Hall on the upper floor, are housed in the interior of the building.

Photo: Stefan Günther

The building, located on Schlossplatz 1 in Berlin-Mitte was also used for awards and recognition ceremonies as well as diplomatic receptions.

A facade of sandstone and red granite decorates the structural steel skeleton. Integrated onto the facade are damaged, repaired, and newly rebuilt parts of the entry portal from the demolished Berlin City Palace, including the balcony from which Liebknecht gave his famous speech on Nov. 9, 1918, declaring a free socialist republic.

Photo: Stefan Günther

Chancellor Gerhard Schröder used the State Council building as a provisionary Federal Chancellery from 1999 until 2001.

Photo: Stefan Günther

More than 250 lights were refurbished.

Photo: Stefan Günther

Existing lights were outfitted with digitally controlled it-Tridonic System-Technology.

Photo: Stefan Günther

Photo: Stefan Günther

The dismantling and remounting of lights on site was undertaken at heights of up to 12 meters.

Photo: Stefan Günther
Photo: Stefan Günther

Photo: Stefan Günther

Photo: Stefan Günther

Photo: Stefan Günther

Photo: Stefan Günther