The German firm von Gerkan, Marg und Partners (gmp) has placed first in the competition to renovate the workshop which is the oldest among the institutions falling under the Berlin State Museums: the Gipsformerei, where for over 200 years now, replicas of sculptures have been made with plaster molds. It stores a collection of more than 7,000 pieces, of which a representative selection in plaster and bronze is displayed.
The competition brief stressed sustainability and efficiency in the use of resources. The extension will increase the current 5,000 square meters of the Gipsformerei to 13,000 and will connect with the existing facility to the north of the site. With an L shape, the new concrete volume and the adjacent residential buildings will form a courtyard, in the process providing acoustic protection by blocking out the noise coming from the nearby motorway and train tracks.