Design planning – developing the design and calculating the costs

Buildings are designed in several stages, and this also applies to the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. The design development is based on Herzog & de Meuron’s competition entry.

During the design planning stage, the architects team up with specialists to specify the design’s details. Then the building’s floor plan is determined: the exact location of all the rooms a museum needs to function well is defined. This applies to all the rooms accessible to visitors, including the exhibition areas, lecture hall, areas for the education and mediation program, foyer with the ticket counter, cloakrooms and toilets, and the restaurant and shop. 

The same applies to all non-public rooms such as storerooms, restoration workshops, the rooms for the building technology, and employee offices. While these remain closed to visitors for the most part, they are important to the “behind the scenes” museum work. In addition, the architects work together with the specialist planners on the design and details of the façade.

Based on the results of design planning, the costs of the design are calculated precisely. Since February 2018, the planning team has been working on the revision of the design under the direction of the architects. The design planning phase will be completed in the summer of 2019.

Approval planning – obtaining building permits and securing financing

In the approval planning phase, the architects prepare the building permit application based on the detailed draft. To do this, they must create special approval plans. They must also describe the construction project in detail and complete extensive application forms. Next, the building permit application is submitted to the building authority. 

When the building authority issues the building permit, the approval planning phase is completed.

At the same time, the responsible federal ministries review the construction project from a construction perspective. On the basis of the cost calculation prepared at the end of the design planning phase, they also earmark the necessary financial resources from the federal budget.


Execution planning – preparing construction drawings and awarding contracts to construction companies

During the implementation planning phase, the architects and planning experts finally draw up precise implementation and detail plans.

These plans are used for preparing and producing bidding documents and searching for construction companies.