Winning design for Berlin museum of the 20th century competition
Congratulations to Herzog & de Meuron Basel for winning the competition to create Berlin’s Museum of the 20th Century.
The winning submission for Berlin’s Museum of the 20th Century was selected from a shortlist of 42 entries, in an anonymous judging process. Our congratulations go to Herzog & de Meuron architects, who, in partnership with Vogt landscape architects, submitted the successful design. BuroHappold Engineering is delighted to have been able to assist them with structural and building servicing engineering expertise in the development of the winning design. The museum is expected to open at the end of 2021.
We are delighted to have played a part in this winning design by architects Herzog & de Meuron. The new museum building will become integral to the city of Berlin, it will complete the Kulturforum.
Stephen Jolly, sector director at BuroHappold
BuroHappold’s structural design and building services teams were responsible for providing support in helping make the architect’s vision viable, including the development of an innovative and efficient slab system. This consists of pre-stressed sandwich panels that fully integrate all the required building services and enable the wide and airy gallery spaces with a minimal amount of structural depth.
Stephen Jolly, sector director at BuroHappold Engineering commented: “The Museum of the 20th Century is set to become a central point of Kulturforum, in Berlin. The new building will enable curators to house the sizable collection of post-1900 art and artefacts in one place, rather than spread through several buildings. We are delighted to have played a part in this winning design by architects Herzog & de Meuron. The new museum building will become integral to the city of Berlin and will complete the Kulturforum. BuroHappold has an incredible amount of expertise within the cultural sector to draw on, including our work on the new Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Museum of the Future, Dubai, the British Museum, London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA.”
The location of the new museum (Neue Nationalgalerie – Museum der Moderne) at the Kulturforum, close to two of Germany‘s most important architectural icons of the 20th century (Neue Nationalgalerie, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1968 and Philharmonie, Hans Scharoun, 1963) demanded a particularly attentive architectural and design approach.
Plans for the new museum were first announced back in 2013, with the Neue Nationalgalerie – closed for several years for renovation – already too small to show Berlin’s vast 20th-century collections when it opened. Germany’s lower house of parliament earmarked €200m for the new museum in 2014.
The proposals for the design competition will be shown in the Kulturforum from 18 November 2016 to 8 January 2017.
Find out more http://www.nationalgalerie20.de/en/home/