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Design contest launched for £80m neighbour to Mies’ Berlin gallery

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The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has launched an international ideas competition for a new £80 million museum of modern art in Berlin

Open to teams of architects and landscape architects, the contest seeks ideas for a new 14,700m² standalone structure within the German capital’s Kulturforum district.

Planned to complete in 2021, the gallery will occupy a prominent plot next Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie (pictured) and Hans Scharoun’s Berliner Philharmonie.

It will feature a permanent exhibition of modern artworks and an underground tunnel to the Neue Nationalgalerie which is undergoing a £70 million revamp by David Chipperfield Architects.

Expected to form a ‘unity’ with its iconic 1968 neighbour, the new building will also feature its own ‘autonomous’ entrance and identity – according to the brief.

Between 10 and 20 finalists will receive prizes – ranging from around £10,000 to £20,000 – and invitations to compete in a second contest for the design commission.

The judging panel for both competitions includes Roger Diener of Basel’s Diener & Diener – which expanded the north east wing of Berlin’s Museum of Natural History in 2010 – and Enrique Sobejano of Madrid-based Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos.

The deadline for requests to participate is 2pm local time on 8 December.

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