The Central and State Library is on the brink of collapse: construction would be much more expensive than expected. The opposition demands that other locations be examined.
Klaus Wowereit (SPD) is backing away from the current designs for the planned Central and State Library (ZLB) on Tempelhofer Feld. Should the presumed cost increases from 270 million euros to around 350 million prove to be true, it would have to be considered whether implementing the plans in this form "is realistic at all," the governing mayor said Monday at the meeting of the Culture Committee. He added that the new building for the ZLB should not be "completely out of line." Currently, the building administration is subjecting the two architectural designs to a detailed cost review. Members of the opposition factions called on Wowereit to look for "cheaper alternatives" instead of the Tempelhof ZLB site.
Before the meeting, Senate Building Director Regula Luscher had given the members of the Culture and Economics Committee a tour of the former airport building. The ZLB designs are currently on display there. Luscher confirmed the possible cost increases of up to 30 percent to over 350 million euros. With the project scheduled to run until 2021, there was "no guarantee" that construction costs would remain stable. In addition, it was learned during the tour that further construction phases such as the external development or bicycle parking areas had not yet been included.