Intermediate Status Summer 2018

The architects have been working on the design with the future users since February 2018. This includes determining the final floor plans with the exhibition spaces as well as rooms for communication and workshops, visitor services, a restaurant, the gift shop, storage areas, the conservation department, offices and technical facilities. In the course of the revisions, the façade was opened up on all four sides and subdivided, creating access to and views of the interior, and connecting the museum with its surroundings.

The first phase of the design work was completed in summer 2018.

The visualizations give an idea of how the museum will be integrated into the Kulturforum.

West entrance facade, Matthäikirchplatz
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West entrance facade, Matthäikirchplatz

Compared to the competition design, the new museum building has been moved farther away from St. Matthew’s Church. The new museum building will frame the church and create a reference to the historic shape of St. Matthew’s Church Square.

East entrance façade, Potsdamer Straße

The sliding gates facing east will be open during the daytime. They highlight the museum entrance at Potsdamer Straße. The large-scale gates are as high as the façade and can be used to announce exhibitions.

East entrance façade, Potsdamer Straße
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North façade from Potsdamer Straße looking toward the Piazzetta
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North façade from Potsdamer Straße looking toward the Piazzetta

The façade facing Scharounplatz will be glazed. The versatile use of the interior will be perceptible from the outside. The open glass façade has an inviting effect and connects the museum with the surrounding urban space.

On the north façade, the outdoor staircase in front of the multifunctional media room serves as an entrance, meeting point and stage that can be used for performances.

South façade, Sigismundstraße

The two gates in the south façade are the museum’s delivery entrance. A slanted wall allows light to flood the first lower level. From the upper floor, a narrow window in the slanted wall gives a view of the Neue Nationalgalerie. In the future, the buildings will be connected underground.

South façade, Sigismundstraße
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View from Sigismundstraße towards Scharounplatz
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View from Sigismundstraße towards Scharounplatz

Brick will be used for the museum’s façade to create a visual connection with St. Matthew’s Church. The façade will be textured by recessed brick elements, allowing a play of light between inside and outside.

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To reinforce the impression of a unified building envelope, the fabric-like expression of the façade will extend onto the roof. The two intersecting boulevards connect the other buildings at the Kulturforum with one another: the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library), the Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings), and the Berlin Philharmonie.

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