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About the architecture of the Philological Library, FU Berlin

The building designed by architect Lord Norman Foster and the office Foster + Partners, opened in 2005, is one of the architectural highlights of the Freie Universität. Like the shape of a brain, the building was already baptized "The Berlin Brain" in advance.

Architectural history at the science location Dahlem

The Philological Library attracted those interested in architecture to Freie Universität from the beginning. You will become familiar with an architecturally unique location. The image of Freie Universität Berlin has been influenced by many internationally renowned architects over the years of its growth. Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic, Shadrach Woods and Manfred Schiedhelm designed the "Rost- und Silberlaube", while the Henry Ford Building with the university's Auditorium Maximum was built following plans designed by Franz Heinrich Sobotka and Gustav Müller.

Architectural tour

Interest in the Philological Library has been very high for years. Visitors like bringing a personal impression of this architecturally unique building home with them and those interested in science and libraries contribute to the ongoing flow of people in the library.

However, the focus of the library is its task to providing space for academic work and being a place where students can learn. In order to minimize interference for students, special tours for those interested are offered outside of regular opening hours.

Please understand that unregistered visitor groups or private tours are not permitted.


Registering architectural tours:

Architectural tours are offered by the architectural firm Ticket B - City Tours in Berlin in collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin.

Information at:
Tel.: (030) 420 26 96 20
E-mail: info@ticket-b.de

Listen to Lord Norman Foster ...

Take a 45-minute tour through the library with the audio-guide.
Available for free at the loans desk until 1 hour before closing