The motto for the project is «restoring its former glory», while the aim is to instal cutting-edge technology in the building and at the same time rest oring it to its original form as much as possible.
Many visitors will be pleased that the green domes that are visible from far off will be staying. Over time the copper sheets have taken on the typical green patina of age. The Swiss Na-tional Heritage Organisation and the Confederation have decided to have the new copper sheets «pre-aged» so that the result will not be a patchwork of green and copper-red.
The 100,000 people who visit the federal parliament building every year have not been for-gotten in the renovation work: a proper entrance will be built providing direct access from the terrace in front of the building up into the hall beneath the main dome. Furthermore, the en-trance hall, which until now was rather dingy, will be reconverted to its original form as an atrium naturally lit from above.
The renovation work will provide the urgently needed extra space for members of parliament and fractions as well as for the staff of the parliamentary services. More working space will be created.
New meeting rooms with cutting-edge equipment for conferences and presentations, state-of-the-art infrastructure for services and utilities and reduction of running costs, in particular en-ergy, and maintenance work.
Complete renovation of exterior and interior, sandstone façades, window ledges and sculp-tures, flat and sloping roofs and domes, skylights, services, electricity system and toilets, networks, lighting, repair of cracks, flooring.
New restaurant facilities with cafeteria in the Galerie des Alpes