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Like a phoenix from the ashes
Berker Blueprint B.07 presents the ‘Herzogin Anna Amalia Library’
When you browse through Berker Blueprint B.07, it immediately becomes clear that the library, founded in 1766 at the initiative of Duchess Anna Amalia, can look back on a fascinating history. Undoubtedly the most dramatic event was the devastating fire in September 2004. 50,000 historic books and large parts of the more than 400-year-old building were destroyed.
While the loss of the antique books remains permanent, the rescue of the unique library released unbelievable energies. More than 22,000 people as well as well-known companies and foundations donated funds for the rebuilding. Berlin architect Walther Grunwald, a specialist in the restoration of historic buildings, was successfully appointed to complete the project.
The latest edition of Berker Blueprint B.07 reports how Grunwald made it possible for the famous library to literally rise from the ashes. The large-format magazine - underpinned by Werner Huthmacher's impressive photos - invites you on a tour of the magnificent library. Besides background information on the 'Herzogin Anna Amalia Library', the reader can also find Berker switches here. Since the restoration, the simple Berker Glasserie as well as a Manufaktur version of the Berker B.7 Glas series ensure that books, art treasures and paintings are displayed in the proper light.
At irregular intervals, Berker presents exceptional architectural projects in its architecture magazine 'Blueprint'. The iF Award-winning magazine - available in English and German - focuses on architectural classics as well as visions of the homes of tomorrow.
Berker Blueprint B.07 can be ordered free of charge at www.berker.de/blueprint or by phoning +49 2355 905-0.
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