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Berlin Museum Of 20th Century

The search for equilibrium at the precise spatial and architectural centre of the site dictates the new museum’s placement and size. As the defining feature of a high profile site, the building mediates confidently and assertively between the existing ensemble of cultural institutions. The simple application of mass and void makes sense of the complex setting. Placement and volume are foremost an intervention at the urban scale, positioning the new museum as an equal among the mature neighbours. Height and massing have been adjusted to create an addition which approaches its peers respectively and is symbolically received by them. As the new anchoring element, the museum serves as both a seamless addition and a strong, independent body. The new building has adopted the orthogonal geometry of the New National Gallery, stretching along Scharounplatz from Potsdamerstraße to Matthäi-Kirchplatz. Between the new building and the New National Gallery will stand a park, which gains more in character from the east façade of the church facing onto it. Permeability on the ground floor unites Sharounplatz and Museum Garden, making the museum’s entrance an important, transparent public space.  Exhibition areas are distributed across two levels, one above and one below ground, both of which are equally easy to access. The tunnel element brings daylight and views into the staff areas while referencing the surrounding pinnacles (church steeply, State Library, Potsdamer Platz’s towers, the edge of the Sony Centre and the Philharmonic) and creating an instantly recognisable new symbol in the urban landscape.
Design Team: Andreas Cukrowicz, Anton Nachbaur-Sturm, Martin Ladinger, Michael Mayer, Gregor Benz, Alexander Lukas, Maximilian Blume with Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH Zürich, HG Merz Ausstellungsberatung Stuttgart, Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering Stuttgart, transsolar Stuttgart, Bau-Data AG Feldkirch
Client: Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
Competition 2016 Shortlisted, Ranked fifth