Bernd Krömer, then Schöneberg’s city councillor for construction, approved the installation. The success story of the dome in the Gasometer is thanks to his courage, says Reinhard Müller.
And so the topping-out ceremony on 6 August 2009 marked the beginning of the second life of the “Bundestagarena”. The list of events that did not take place under the dome in the last twelve years is shorter than the list of events that took place under the dome. Climate- and mobility summits, exhibitions, party conferences, film premieres and much more.
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a regular guest at the Gasometer. On 13 June 2017, a state of emergency prevailed around the Gasometer at the Africa Summit hosted by the German Chancellor.All heads of state and government of the continent accepted the invitation.
The dome achieved nationwide fame between 2011 and 2015 when Günther Jauch broadcast his Sunday talk show from here. Since then it has been known as the “Jauch-Kuppel”. Jauch’s guests immortalised themselves with signatures on the tables in the “Schmiede” restaurant, where the after-show parties took place.
On 12 January 2021, the dismantling of the dome began. Not because they are no longer needed, but because the interior work on the gasometer is beginning. The dismantling, which will take a week, began with great media interest.
Dismantling was again carried out by the experts from Nüssli. Then it’s off to Düsseldorf in six trucks. There, the dismantled individual parts of the dome will be stored and await their third life as part of the new EUREF-Campus Düsseldorf. A little melancholy was heard as steel girder after steel girder was dismantled. An event location like this, a glass dome embedded in the shell of a gasometer, will never exist again. It is a pity that a dignified farewell could not take place because of Covid-19.
So let’s look forward to the new opening in Düsseldorf.