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Herzog & de Meuron design the Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin


"Is it a warehouse, a granary, the concourse of a railway station or perhaps a temple? No doubt it is a storage space, a place for provisions and nutrients such as a granary and a meeting and connection space like a station concourse. Besides, as with a temple, it is also a place for silence and reflection, for perceiving art, for perceiving oneself".

This is how Herzog & de Meuron describe their proposal, selected from among the 42 shortlisted projects, for the edifice that will house the rest of the 20th-century art collection from the New National Gallery.

For the two architects it is very important that their design fits into the setting of Berlin’s complex of cultural buildings (Kulturforum). Together with the New National Gallery, the new museum will share the space with the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings), the Gemäldegalerie (Collection of paintings by old masters) and the Philharmonic.

The great brick repository will be constituted by an axis leading to a central plaza, with “internal streets” providing access to the museum spaces located in four quadrants. The peaked roof and the central pedestrian avenue will bring light into the building. The far northeastern quadrant will house a café and a restaurant.


10785 Berlin. Germany

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