With a total area of around 5,700 square metres, the new building will offer space for more than 150 employees and roughly 500 attendees at public events.
After the general planning team headed up by architects KIM Nalleweg and Trujillo won the architectural competition and was awarded the contract in May 2016, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s building project became more concrete.
In the summer of 2014, the German Bundestag allocated 20.4 million euro for the construction of a new office and event building for the party-aligned educational institution of Die Linke and thus made it possible for the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, like all other political foundations in Germany, to have its own publicly funded headquarters. The building permit was finally issued in August 2017.
The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony took place on 30 October 2017. The laying of the cornerstone followed on 5 March 2018, the birthday of the foundation’s namesake, Rosa Luxemburg. The topping-out ceremony was celebrated on 22 August 2019.
In the meantime, the shell of the building has been completed. The imposing and statically crucial X-columns on the first floor of the new building in particular required a great deal of time and care. Parallel to the structural work on the upper floors, technical work already began with the installation of the ventilation centre in the basement and the cabling of the individual floors already completed. The installation of the windows also began in the summer of 2019.
Due to the significant rise in market prices in the construction industry in the meantime against the backdrop of a booming economy, the German federal government approved 4 million euro of additional construction funds in the 2019 budget.
Unfortunately, the originally planned date of relocation could not be kept due to delays in the shell construction. In addition, the corona pandemic had an impact on construction sites. Some groups were only able to work to a limited extent, as workers were absent and deliveries of materials were delayed. Nevertheless, those responsible expect that the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung will be able to welcome the first guests in its new building in autumn 2020.