The rebuilding of the Berlin Palace with a reconstruction of its baroque façades has revived interest in its former interior design. A building structure that had grown over centuries provided the architectural shell for the apartment of the crown prince, who later became Frederick William IV. His royal suite was realized in 1824–27 from plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It pooled together essential concepts of European architecture in a manner that was similar to the act of looking through a magnifying glass.
The present volume documents the historical plans, the building decorations and the iconographic program used for this apartment. Some of the 1944 photographs of the neoclassical rooms and the Frederician study – taken just weeks before they were destroyed – are published here for the first time. And lastly, the author, who is an architect involved in the reconstruction of the palace, imparts this collected knowledge in his own reconstruction drawings.