Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Moore Ruble Yudell, Architects and Planners (firm); Peters, Richard C., Architect (firm); Tina Beebe (interior designer); Charles Willard Moore (architect); Richard Carr Peters (architect); John Ruble (architect); Robert Jonathan Yudell (architect)

Dates: constructed 1986-1988

3 stories

19 Karolinenstraße
Berlin, Germany 13507


The Santa Monica, CA-based firm of Moore, Ruble Yudell designed the Humboldt Library as the first phase in the Cultural Centre of the Tegel Harbour master plan, Its design occurred between 1984 and 1986, while construction spanned 1986 through 1988.

Building History

This $11 million library contained a total square area of 2,469 square meters, of which 770 square meters were devoted to book stacks and 660 square meters for reading areas. The library had a 130,000-book capacity, making it a relatively small library by civic standards.

Moore Rubell Yudell collaborated with the German architectural firm of Abeln, Lubic, Skoda. The structural engineers were Büro Mannleitner, the mechanical contractor, Hochbaurarnt Reinickendorf. The general contractor was the Hochtief Construction Company. Landscape design was done by Gartenbauarnt Reinickendorf. Other consultants incluced Tina Beebe for colors, and Richard C. Peters for lighting design.

Moore Ruble Yudell's project team included: John Ruble, Charles Moore, Buzz Yudell, Thomas Nagel, Leon Glodt, Regina Pizzinini and Renzo Zecchetto. (See Library Builders, [London, England: Academy Editions, 1997], p. 222.)

PCAD id: 24844