Archaeological Reconstruction of the Frauenkirche Dresden

Frauenkirche zu Dresden

The Frauenkirche was destroyed 15 Feb 1945 at the end of World War II. The rebuilding of the unique baroque church started in 1994 and reconstruction has been carried out taking into account archaeological aspects as well as adding very carefully improvements owed the present understanding of building safety. The consecration after finishing all works took place 30 Oct 2005.

Historical substance / existing material and stone construction:

Comprehensive analyses of the historic structure and checking the remaining parts became necessary due to the enormous damages. An amelioration of the stone structure was reached through a specially worked out masonry guideline based on an enormous experimental and theoretical investigation and by increasing the safety level. It could be increased through placing an additional ring anchor in the height of the main cornice. The solution of unusual technical problems and the requirements to the craftsmanship of this highly stressed stone building made special engineering consultation and supervision necessary.

Subterranean external building as supplement:

Building of reinforced concrete as an underground extension with waterproof concrete basement, clearing and crack restoration of the church foundation.

Structural design and construction supervision together with the office of Professor Wenzel from Karlsruhe

Parts done by our office:

  • subterranean external building
  • restoration of cellar incl. documentation and analysis
  • material investigations
  • galleries
  • posttensioned cupola (double shell masonry cupola with spiral gangway up to the lantern)
  • lantern

Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden

IPRO Dresden, Büro Böhme und Schönfeld

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