First look: Chipperfield’s Neues Museum
Here are the first pictures of the finished Neues Museum in Berlin, newly restored by David Chipperfield Architects and Julian Harrap Architects
The £49 million rennovation – one of the most prestigious restoration projects in Europe – has succeeded despite funding problems and local complaints. It has been 12 years since Stirling Prize-winner Chipperfield was commissioned to masterplan the area.
Completed in 1849, the building on Museum Island in the heart of former East Berlin was bombed in the Second World War and spent much of the 20th century as a crumbling shell.
Chipperfield has rebuilt the missing north-west wing and a bay to the south east. The courtyard spaces and staircases have been restored in a way that preserves a sense of the building’s decay.
The 20,500m2 museum will house Egyptian antiquities when it opens later this year, as it did before the war.
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