in the summer of 2015, berlin’s neue nationalgalerie closed to the public to prepare for a comprehensive refurbishment. famously designed by mies van der rohe, the museum was completed in 1968 and has since established itself as an icon of modern architecture. in 2012, david chipperfield’s berlin office was appointed to renovate the building for the first time in its history.

neue nationalgalerie refurbishment
the institution closed to the public in 2015 to prepare for its comprehensive refurbishment
image © staatliche museen zu berlin / schmedding.vonmarlin (also main image)

 

 

the ongoing refurbishment of the neue nationalgalerie will repair all damaged parts of the original building and rectify any pressing safety concerns. these works — being carried out by david chipperfield architects berlin — include fire prevention measures, renovation of structure’s entire exterior, an overhaul of its concrete shell, and removal of the root cause of glass breakage. the renovated museum must also meet the requirements of a modern institution in terms of air conditioning, safety, lighting, storage functions, and visitor services.

neue nationalgalerie refurbishment
david chipperfield’s berlin office was appointed to renovate the building for the first time in its history
image © staatliche museen zu berlin / schmedding.vonmarlin

 

 

the building’s visual appearance will be preserved, with the historical structure kept intact as much as possible. every detail has been closely scrutinized to maintain a true sense of integrity and identity. david chipperfield previously led the reconstruction of berlin’s neues museum on museum island, which re-opened in 2009, and is also responsible for the re-design of the city’s james simon galerie. the neue nationalgalerie is set to reopen in the summer of 2020. see more information and images on museum’s blog here.

neue nationalgalerie refurbishment
the ongoing refurbishment will repair all damaged parts of the original building
image © staatliche museen zu berlin / schmedding.vonmarlin

neue nationalgalerie refurbishment
the renovated museum must meet the requirements of a modern-day institution
image © staatliche museen zu berlin / schmedding.vonmarlin

neue nationalgalerie refurbishment
the neue nationalgalerie is set to reopen in the summer of 2020
image © staatliche museen zu berlin / schmedding.vonmarlin

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news