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Design contest opens for Third Reich museum expansion

Germany’s Obersalzberg Centre of Documentation in Berchtesgaden has launched an open design competition for a new 2,500m² extension

The museum – close to Adolf Hitler’s demolished ‘Eagle’s Nest’ mountain retreat – focuses on the history of National Socialism in Germany.

The £14 million project will refurbish the existing 675m² building and create a new 2,500m² combined visitor centre, exhibition space and education centre. Ideas to overhaul the surrounding landscape are also called for.

The expansion comes 15 years after the museum was opened inside a former guesthouse on the Obersalzberg retreat where Hitler and other Nazi leaders vacationed from 1928 until the end of the Second World War.

Between 1933 and 1945 the complex became a second seat of government for the Nazi regime where decisions about the war and Holocaust were made.

Originally planned for around 40,000 visitors-a-year, the intepretation centre in the Bavarian Alps now receives 160,000 visitors annually.

The competition’s first prize winner will receive £36,000 while second place will be awarded £24,000 and third place will take home £17,000.

A fourth place prize of £12,000 and four honourable mentions worth £4,000 each are also available.  

The deadline for submissions is 30 May.

View the tender notice and visit the competition website for more information

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