That year "temporary" location was the scene of passionate political debates that are associated with names like Bebel, Liebknecht, and Bismarck. The premises were generally considered too small, so in a decision was made to construct a new building.
Inthere was an architectural competition which attracted entries by architects. However, work did not start for some years, due to problems with purchasing land and to disagreements between Emperor Wilhelm IOtto von Bismarckand members of the Reichstag, about how the construction should single chamber legislature carried out.
The new Reichstag building in Ten years on, inanother architectural competition was announced, this time with some architects participating.
The winner of the second competition was the Frankfurt architect Paul Wallotwho would eventually see his plan executed. On single chamber legislature Junethe building's foundation stone was finally laid by the Emperor.
Chapter 1: The origins of responsible government
The new building was acclaimed for its cupola of steel and glass, an engineering masterpiece of the time. The third of these, Wilhelm IIobjected to a much greater extent to the very concept of parliament as a democratic institution.
The new building opened in