Neue Nationalgalerie refurbishment

View from Potsdamer Strasse, 1968
View from Potsdamer Strasse, 2013
Lower ground floor, staircase hall, 2016
Upper hall, staircase and wardrobe, 2016
Upper hall, Dismantling of the wardrobe, 2016
View from south-west, 2014
View from south-west, 2016

The Neue Nationalgalerie at Berlin’s Kulturforum is one of the icons of
twentieth century architectural history as the only building that Mies
van der Rohe completed in Europe after his emigration to the USA. The
Neue Nationalgalerie has been dedicated to the art of the twentieth
century since its opening in 1968.

Neue Nationalgalerie refurbishment

The Neue Nationalgalerie at Berlin’s Kulturforum is one of the icons of twentieth century architectural history as the only building that Mies van der Rohe realised in Europe after his emigration to the USA. The Neue Nationalgalerie has been dedicated to the art of the twentieth century since its opening in 1968. After almost fifty years of intensive use, the damage, deficiencies, potential hazards and deficits are to be carefully and sustainably removed within the boundaries and possibilities of the listed building. The refurbishment and modernisation aims for maximum preservation of the existing fabric while minimising visual compromise to the original intended appearance of the building.

As a requirement for the technical refurbishment, the stone cladding and the whole interior fittings, are being dismantled. Tens of thousands of original building components and elements are being removed, stored and, following their restoration, reinstalled in their exact positions. Technical improvements with regard to usage are required in order to adapt the building to current museum standards. This primarily comprises air-conditioning, artificial lighting and security, the service facilities for visitors (cloakroom, café and museum shop), accessibility and the handling of the art.

An appropriate balance of interests between the current usage requirements and the significance of the Neue Nationalgalerie as a listed monument are at the heart of the complex planning process for this project. The undeniably essential interventions are subordinate to the existing design standards of the building, but are nevertheless discreetly legible as contemporary elements. The refurbishment does not represent a new interpretation, but rather a respectful repair and stabilisation of this landmark of the International Style.

Project start:
2012
Completion due:
2019
Opening due:
2020
Gross floor area:
13,900 m²
Client:
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz represented by Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung
User:
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Project management:
KVL Bauconsult GmbH
Architect:
David Chipperfield Architects Berlin
Partners:
David Chipperfield, Martin Reichert, Alexander Schwarz (Design lead)
Project architects:
Daniel Wendler, Michael Freytag
Tender procedure and site supervision:
BAL Bauplanungs und Steuerungs GmbH
Structural engineer:
GSE Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und Partner
Services engineer:
Ingenieurgesellschaft W33 mbH with Domann Beratende Ingenieure GmbH
Building physics:
Müller BBM GmbH
Façade consultant:
DS-Plan
Landscape architect:
TOPOS Stadtplanung Landschaftsplanung Stadtforschung
Photography:
Archiv Neue Nationalgalerie, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Reinhard Friedrich, Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architect