During the coming years a storage facility dedicated to the Foundation’s institutions, with a useable floor space of 42,600 m², will be established at a Federally-owned location in Berlin-Friedrichshagen. In a first phase up until 2009 this depository will receive resources from the State Library, the Ibero-American Institute and the Prussian Cultural Property Picture Archive. In subsequent phases, further storage depots devoted to the Berlin State Museums will be built on the premises which altogether measure 123,000 square meters.
With its decision in favour of a central storage location the Foundation is not only reacting to the foreseeable limits of the already existing storage houses. It is also creating new perspectives for the Foundation’s inner-city locations. Expensive property in the centre of Berlin should in future be burdened as little as possible by depositories requiring considerable space. Moreover, the facility will provide new qualitative standards of storage.
In June 2005, the office of Munich-based architect Eberhard Wimmer won the first prize in the Europe-wide competition for the new library storage depot building in Friedrichshagen. The proposal combines functionality and economic reason on a high level of architectural quality. The first section of the building, to be finished by 2009, will provide not only storage for 6 million volumes from the State Library but also security storage for microfilm and a service facility devoted to the delivery of digital documents. The building's second section is to be finished by 2035, the third one by 2060.