19.05.2017AA418 – The Architect and the Archaeologist

The Neues Museum in Berlin is the subject of a feature article in the May issue of French architecture journal, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui. Under the issue’s theme of ‘Ruins’, architect and writer Andreas Kofler describes the ‘geological’ process of the building’s reconstruction.


Friedrich August Stüler’s Neues Museum originally opened in 1859 and lay in ruins for over sixty years following World War II. David Chipperfield Architects won the competition for its rebuilding in 1997 and the museum reopened in 2009. As part of the wider masterplan for Museum Island, the neighbouring James Simon Galerie is due to open at the end of 2018.