Early December 2021
Impressions of the Construction Site
The first openings to the outside world!
A complex supporting framework inside and out was needed to break open the new entrance on the ground floor, next to the existing elevator entrance.
Cuts into the exterior façade (ground floor) and the masonry of the "Standartenhof" courtyard show where the future café area will open to the outdoors.
The new staircase continues to take shape. Now you can clearly see how it will connect the newly opened ground floor to the former lobby.
Early October 2021
Preparations for a new staircase
Preparations are in full swing for the new staircase from the ground floor to the former lobby. In the future, daylight will stream down into the ground floor. From an elevated viewpoint, you can already clearly see the path visitors will soon be taking to the ticket and information desk.
The events room takes shape: for the first time, you can see the size and shape of the new events room on the ground floor. The main task for now is to install the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Early to mid-September 2021
Top to bottom: The way up to the former lobby has now been cleared. A new staircase here will take visitors up from the new ground-floor entrance and food service area to the lobby above. The "old" staircase of the Documentation Center is easy to see, along with the "spear" structure thrust through the old building – now viewed for the first time from below.
Work continues on schedule
The structural preparations for the new ground floor entrance area are moving ahead. This is where an opening will soon be made for the glass doors on the façade of the Documentation Center. Beyond them, between the piers, will be the future entrance lobby with an events area. Lots of partition walls there have now been removed, and additional beams have been installed. The small interior courtyard known as the Standartenhof will also be open to visitors.
Also on the ground floor, right next to the events zone, will be the new food service area – including the requisite infrastructure like a kitchen and storage rooms. The openings have already been made that will permit a view out to the Dutzendteich.
The old makes way for the new
The familiar signage on the building façade for the Documentation Center at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds has to make way temporarily for preparations to build the new entrance. The first granite blocks are already being sawn out.
Early June 2021
Walls have been opened up to create new spaces and accesses for the new food service and events area on the ground floor of the Congress Hall.
End of May 2021
Wire saws at work: "Wire saws" have been used to cut through walls so as to open up new rooms for the Documentation Center.
End of April 2021
Hardly recognizable: The former lobby and offices at the Documentation Center
Early April 2021
Protecting the glass passageway
All glass in the lobby, and especially Domenig's glass passageway, will be protected during the upcoming demolition work, and carefully packed in appropriate materials.
The construction sign is up!
Early March 2021
Preparations for new building systems
The lobby of the Documentation Center is unrecognizable – the floor has to go, and the old building systems for everything from heat to plumbing to wiring are going to be replaced. In the meantime, temporary supports hold up the ceiling in the gutted ground floor until new walls can be installed.
Demolition of the former visitor WC installation
Early February 2021
Rooms gone dark. Empty showcases. Bare walls. Explanatory panels packed away. The objects on exhibit in the old exhibition will be carefully restored and put into storage. After nearly 20 years of service, the exhibition fixtures will be demolished. And after the remodeling – by the end of 2023 this will be the home of a whole new exhibition!
End of January 2021
Next step: the first penetration has been opened up from below. Now the ground floor of the Congress Hall is directly connected with the Documentation Center lobby. Meanwhile, the new ticketing area in the container structure is ready to welcome visitors to the Interim Exhibition.
Removing fixtures from the lobby: The Documentation Center lobby is being completely redesigned. The old information desk, ticket desk and audio guide desk had to be removed so the floor could be opened up for the planned staircase from below.
New space for staff: During remodeling, the offices at the Documentation Center will be unusable and the lobby will be closed. The ticket desk and information area, along with various areas for employees, will be housed in containers newly set up along the Dutzendteich Lake. Another container in the interior courtyard at the Congress Hall will serve as an interim seminar room.
End of October 2020
Interim use: For the duration of the remodeling work, the library is moving into the rooms used by the Study Forum. These will not be affected by the construction work.