Space for the future
The FUTURIUM, formerly the “Haus der Zukunft” (House of the Future), is a mixture of both a museum and a laboratory of technical innovations. The building has a prominent location in Berlin alongside the Spree between the Reichstag, central station and Chancellery building close to the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Schüßler-Plan has been entrusted with the structural design. The giant overhangs, the free-hanging steps and the sophisticated technical building systems designed by the architects Richter Musikowski were particularly complex: The Futurium has been designed as a low-energy house and meets the Gold standard of the “Bewertungssystem Nachhaltiges Bauen” (Assessment System for Sustainable Building).

Overhanging wings
The unique “building sculpture” with the far overhanging wings allows access from both sides and creates due to the withdrawal of building lines two new public squares by the Spree and Humboldt harbour. The overhanging exhibition areas for the new Science Center with the floor-to-ceiling transparent facades over the entrance areas and the walk-on roof provide amazing panoramic views of the city and across the Spree. 
From a structural design point of view, the overhanging exhibition areas provided the main challenge with their high load demands, especially on the outer ends due to the high loads from the floor supports and facades. Above the two entrance areas on the ground floor, the overhanging floors were suspended by ties hung from the beams hidden in the roof. The two steel box beams with a span of 32 m divert the loads into the overhanging, massive wall panels and into the foundations.

Big Closed BIM
With the takeover of the public-private partnership project by BAM Deutschland AG and the review of the design planning it was clear that the project’s success can only be ensured with BIM. The collaboration with the construction architects (BAM Deutschland AG) was based on the concept of the Big closed BIM, i.e.:

  • consistent use of the digital building model across several areas (architecture, support structure and technical building systems)
  • Autodesk Revit as common software for all parties involved.

With the optimisation of the design planning in 2014, the project was set up as a BIM pilot project. The basis for this was a three-dimensional design by the architects, the structural design and the building services. The interfaces were agreed so that a regular comparison of data between he individual disciplines was possible and could be used e.g. for collision tests, chases and openings etc. With the handover of the building in 2017, the data from the various disciplines was finally brought together and made available in the following utilisation phases.

3D modelling on the basis of BIM
Building Information Modelling is a partnership-based method for the design, construction and operation of buildings, engineering structures and transport infrastructures. All architectural, technical, physical and functional characteristics of a property are brought together in a central, consistent 3D model. Communication, transparency and data quality are improved, important details are recognised early and errors are reduced to a minimum.

Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben, BAM Deutschland AG


Richter Musikowski GmbH, BAM Deutschland AG (Lph 4, 5)

Technical date
Exhibition area: 3,200 m²

Schüßler-Plan performance phases
Structural design: Performance phases 1 to 3, 6 to 7 by order of Institute for Federal Real Estate, performance phases 4 to 5 by order of BAM Deutschland AG

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