Neue Nationalgalerie Refurbishment
David Chipperfield 

Neue Nationalgalerie Refurbishment

David Chipperfield 


The Neue Nationalgalerie, one of the icons of 20th-century architecture, is the only building raised by Mies van der Rohe in Europe after his emigration to the United States. Opened in 1968, it presents the problems and imperfections caused by intensive use over almost five decades, and this renovation project seeks to update the original construction in a way that compromises it visually and structurally as little as possible.

To upgrade the building services to current museum standards, the stone cladding and interior fittings were dismantled: thousands of old pieces were removed, restored, then put back in place. The operation included updating air-conditioning, lighting, and security, as well as modernizing facilities like the area where artworks are handled, the cloakroom, the café, and the museum shop, in the process getting rid of architectural barriers and improving circulation for the disabled.

The key to the complex planning process for this project is finding a balance between the requirements of current museum usage and the importance of the Neue Nationalgalerie as a listed monument. The refurbishment does not represent a new interpretation, but rather a respectful repair of this landmark of the International Style.



Obra Work

Neue Nationalgalerie Refurbishment

Cliente Client

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz represented by the Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung

Usuario User

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Arquitectos Architects

David Chipperfield Architects Berlin;

David Chipperfield, Martin Reichert, Alexander Schwarz (director de diseño design lead) —socios partners—; Daniel Wendler, Michael Freytag (directores de proyecto project architects), Marianne Akay-Arslantepe, Alexander Bellmann, Thomas Benk, Martina Betzold, Matthias Fiegl, Anke Fritzsch, Dirk Gschwind, Anne Hengst, Martijn Jaspers, Cyril Kriwan, Franziska Michalsky, Maxi Reschke, Elke Saleina, Joshua Saunders (equipo project team)

Colaboradores Collaborators

KVL Bauconsult (control de proyecto project controlling); BAL Bauplanungs und Steuerungs GmbH (ejecución executive architect); Pro Denkmal (restauración restoration consultant); GSE Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH Saar, Enseleit und Partner (estructura structural engineer); Ingenieurgesellschaft W33, Domann Beratende Ingenieure (instalaciones services engineer); Müller-BBM (físicas building physics); Akustik-Ingenieurbüro Moll (acústica acoustics); HHP West Beratende Ingenieure (incendios fire consultant); DS-Plan (fachada facade consultant); Arup Deutschland (iluminación lighting consultant); TOPOS Stadtplanung Landschaftsplanung Stadtforschung (paisajismo landscape architect)

Fotos Photos

Balthazar Korab courtesy of the Library of Congress & KorabImage.com, Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects