In the center of Berlin, the Barenboim-Said Academy building is near the end of a radical three-year, $35-million makeover. During ENR's recent visit, the site itself offered a lesson in counterpoint: On one side of the 75-ft-tall atrium, a violin-piano-oboe trio played; on the other, a worker painted the walls to the accompaniment of metal being grinded and cut.
“There are about a thousand things left here to do,” says Michael Naumann, founding director of the academy and former German culture minister. “That’s not too bad.”
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.