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White book cover of Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin, featuring a domed building with landscaped grounds. Published by Verlag Kettler.

Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin

Hefte zur Baukunst Volume 1

By (author) Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung


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  • Publication on Berlin’s finest example of early classicism
  • Documenting the design, construction and restoration of the building
Full Description
Hefte zur Baukunst is a new series of publications launched by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung. It presents monuments that are of historic importance, traces their origins, and records their expert restoration. The first volume in this series is devoted to Berlin’s Tieranatomisches Theater. Situated close to the Charité hospital, this lecture theatre for the demonstration of veterinary anatomy is the oldest remaining academic building in the German capital. It was designed in 1789 by the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans who also created the Brandenburg Gate. The building was conceived as the main structure of the new veterinary school. It ranks as the most important work of early classicism in Berlin and is an impressive testimony to the Enlightenment and the Prussian spirit of innovation. At the time, the public dissection of human corpses and animal carcasses was increasingly considered a basic discipline essential to understanding the anatomy of both humans and animals, as well as to the study of diseases. Langhans designed a two-story centralised plan that combines cubic and cylindrical shapes. At the heart of his composition lies the striking round lecture theatre laid out to seat 150 people. With its dome, it creates a contrast to the cubic structure of the adjacent rooms.

The “old anatomy”, which survived all wars and destruction, was carefully extended twice in its history. In the years 2003 to 2019, the building underwent restoration work and was adapted for use by Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität.

Text in English and German.

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Verlag Kettler
28th Oct 2020
Paperback / softback
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland
150 mm x 155 mm
40 Pages
24 color, 2 b&w
Name of series
Hefte zur Baukunst
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