13.02.2018Neue Nationalgalerie and the preservation of post-war buildings

Gerrit Wiesmann has written a feature on the refurbishment of the Neue Nationalgalerie in which he uses the project as a case study to discuss the preservation of post-war buildings in Europe. Featured in the February issue of Monopol Magazin the article details the meticulous restoration process, explains how many of the building's imperfections were accepted rather than overcome, and looks at lessons that were learned from the restoration of other Mies van der Rohe buildings in the United States.


Fifty years after its completion in 1968, the Neue Nationalgalerie is currently undergoing extensive restoration for the first time. The design approach focuses on the careful treatment of the existing material fabric and adaption to modern museum standards. The building has been stripped down to its structure and will now be painstaking put back together to look and feel untouched. The reopening is scheduled for 2020.