Three Phases to the Winning Design

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz chose a two-part process to arrive at the winning design for the new museum building at the Kulturforum.

An open ideas competition entitled “The Museum of the 20th Century and its Integration into the Urban Environment” was held before the actual design competition. Ten prizewinners from the ideas competition qualified to enter the design competition.

The design competition is a two-phase process. In the first phase, an additional 19 teams of architects and landscape architects qualified in a worldwide competition. In addition, 13 architecture firms were invited to take part in the design competition.

Now the field of entrants for the second phase – the final round of the design competition – consists of 42 shared offices made up of architects and landscape architects.

From Bundestag Resolution to Jury Decision in 24 Months

On November 13, 2014, the Budget Committee of the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, approved the funds for a new building at the Kulturforum. The competition process for realizing the project was drawn up and set in motion in the following months.

The ideas competition was announced on September 3, 2015 and the deadline for submitting designs was set for mid-December of 2015. The jury met to determine the winners of the first phase in February 2016.

The worldwide competition was launched on April 16, 2016 and interested architects were invited to submit their applications by May 13, 2016. The preliminary document review was completed by late May 2016.

In late June 2016, the 42 participating shared offices received the documents for the design competition. The deadline for turning in designs and models was end of September 2016. The jury session took place in late October 2016.

Parties to the proceedings

Federal Republic of Germany represented by The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Minister of State Prof. Monika Grütters, Member of Parliament

Awarding authority: Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation)

User: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (National Museums in Berlin – Prussian Cultural Heritage)

Project management: Partnerschaften Deutschland ÖPP Deutschland AG

Competition supervisor: ARGE WBW-M20: Salomon Schindler (Schindler Friede Architekten) and Marc Steinmetz (a:dks mainz berlin)

in coordination with: Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, State of Berlin