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The Landtag Building

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The new Landtag Building (designed by the German architect Hansjörg Göritz), the High House with the Long House, where the Liechtenstein Parliament has its own conference facilities for the first time in its history, forms the future Government Quarter together with Government buildings and the Archives Building. The unifying link in the Government Quarter is provided by Peter Kaiser Square, the largest public square of Vaduz. The square bears the name of a prominent Liechtenstein politician of the 19th c., honored for his great services to the cause of Liechtenstein sovereignty. The square is not only a place where people like to linger but will be used from the start as a venue for diverse officially permitted shows, meetings, manifestations and exhibitions. Under Peter Kaiser Square, there is an underground car park with space for more than 50 vehicles.

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On the ground floor of the Long House, there are two conference rooms at the disposal of the Landtag that are used in particular for the meetings of the diverse Landtag commissions and delegations, a library and an archives facility. There is also a cafeteria on the ground floor where the Members of the Landtag can get an evening meal.

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On the first floor in the Long House, opposite the Plenary Chamber, there is the Lounge. Members can meet here for an informal exchange of ideas, for a break between the long sessions or for refreshments. Adjoining the Lounge, thereare the very elegant and appropriately furnished offices of the Parliamentary Service where the Landtag Secretary, his Deputy and six staff members carry out their duties as specified in the rules and regulations and according to their areas of responsibility.

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On the second floor of the building, there are the Group rooms for the political parties in the Landtag which have Group status and the Office of the President of the Landtag. All the conference rooms in the Parliament Building are decorated in warm colors and are provided with contemporary furniture and the latest communication equipment, ensuring efficient work in a pleasant atmosphere.

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Finally, on the level above, there is a roof terrace with a breathtaking panorama of the Swiss mountains and an impressive view of Peter Kaiser Square below. The roof terrace also offers a dramatic view of the steep wall behind the Parliament Building, some 26 meters long and secured by anchor elements of 15 meters in length. The construction of the wall with special concrete took about one year. This wall made it possible, on the one hand, to plan Peter Kaiser Square with its generous layout while on the other a full-length light-shaft, i.e., covering all three floors of the building, could be created. The impressive light-well can be admired from the roof terrace which it would be possible to use at some time in the future, if necessary, for additional offices or conference rooms.

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The main entrance, where for important occasions and important visitors a blue carpet is rolled out (in contrast to the red carpet in front of the Government Building), leads into the foyer which is also described as a columned hall. The foyer is also used in particular for official receptions and exhibitions. Through the foyer, visitors to public sessions of the Landtag are taken up to the Plenary Chamber where the 25 representatives of the People, including the Government and supported by the Parliamentary Service, meet. A corresponding number of seats is provided in the Plenary Chamber for interested visitors.

The official participants in the sessions are taken to the Plenary Chamber via a separate and very attractive staircase in keeping with the dignity of the House which for security reasons cannot be accessed by the general public. It is here that the Members of the Landtag deliberate at the round table in the truest sense of the word, a seating arrangement which is unique in Europe up to now. The Plenary Chamber with a maximum height of up to some 19 meters is a very impressive sight. Both the lighting and also the acoustics in the High House must be described as exceptional.

The Chamber is equipped with a modern electronic speaker-display panel with an integrated adjustment system, a technical facility for the telecasting of the Plenary sessions on the national channel and a translation cabin. Since the Landtag and its delegations now hold an increasing number of meetings within the country by virtue of its international obligations, this infrastructure has become an absolute necessity.

Both the North Wall and the South Wall of the Plenary Chamber are decorated with a work of art entitled “Constant Progression“ by the German artist Sabine Laidig.

The new National Command Center is housed on the same level as the car park area. It is here in extreme situations of an exceptional nature that Government control is assured on an emergency basis. A broadcasting station for Liechtenstein radio with a transmission installation for emergencies is also provided here.

Landtag des Fürstentums Liechtenstein -- Postfach 684 -- Peter-Kaiser-Platz 3 -- Tel. +423 / 236 65 71 -- Fax +423 / 236 65 80 -- info@landtag.li