November 28, 2012

Reichstag Dome, Berlin

Photograph by Prisma Bildagentur, AG/Alamy

The Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, was retrofitted in 1999 with a new dome that uses glass and mirrors to reflect daylight deep into the main chamber, reducing dependence on artificial lighting. It also employs a funnel to divert and collect rainwater. Designed by British architect Norman Foster, the renovated Reichstag has become a Berlin tourist attraction and an energy saver.

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