Design Planning Completed

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 design planning phase was completed in summer 2019.

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

North Entrance at Scharounplatz

The entire façade facing Scharounplatz is glazed, making the diverse activities on the inside visible. The open glass façade is inviting and connects the museum with the surrounding urban space. The central exhibition area on the first floor presents itself as an exposed concrete cube.

The outdoor stairway in front of the multifunctional media room at the north façade is a separate entrance and a place to linger. On the other side, a balcony provides outdoor seating for the museum café.

Interior View

Two intersecting boulevards create the heart of the museum’s interior. They invite visitors to meet there, linger, and view art together. 

Interior View to the North

The large stairway with seating steps in the middle lead from the north entrance into the basement floor. They can be used for audience seating for special events. 

West Entrance Façade, Matthäikirchplatz

The new museum building will frame the church in space and mark the historical boundaries of Matthäikirchplatz, the square facing the church.

View of the West Façade, Matthäikirchplatz

The museum is enclosed in a mineral envelope that appears to be layered in a textile, homogeneous, and relief-like manner, all at the same time. Using composite concrete elements with inset bricks creates a connection to the brick façade of St. Matthäus-Kirche (St. Matthew Church) and gives the powerful, reclining shape a delicate, lively expression.

The Inner Courtyard on the West Side

The museum restaurant faces the Platanenhof, the inner courtyard. 

View of the South and East Façades

The east façade is characterized by closed sections of gallery walls on the lower floor and large sections of open brickwork, which lets light through, on the upper floor. Daylight can enter specific areas of the museum, and at the same time, it illuminates the museum from inside during the evening hours.

View of the South and East Façades at Nigh

The open brickwork on the upper floor illuminates the museum from the inside in the evening hours.

View of the South and West Façades

The two one-story doors in the south façade are delivery entrances to the museum. The Neue Nationalgalerie can be seen through the large window in the upper floor. An angled metal wall allows daylight to penetrate the lower floor at the site of the planned underground passageway to the Neue Nationalgalerie. The slightly reflecting character of the window integrates the museum into the surroundings, as do the windows in the west façade. 

Aerial View

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.