new york-based firm REX has shared its competition entry for berlin’s nationalgalerie20, with a proposal conceived as a counterpoint to mies van der rohe’s neighboring neue nationalgalerie.

 

herzog & de meuron was recently chosen to construct the new museum building as part of the city’s famed kulturforum complex in germany. intended as a ‘place of encounter’, the structure will provide increased and additional gallery space for mies’ iconic building — which has become too small to properly exhibit the museum’s artwork.

REX museum of the 20th century
the building’s wooden sun/glare-control louvers shown in various positions
image by luxigon (also main image)

 

 

REX’s proposal forms a functional ‘objet trouvé’ for the framing of 20th century art. rather than offering a ‘blank slate’, a typology that the architects say has become constrictive, the design seeks to provide built-in tools that curators can use to display various collections. in terms of its layout, a gradational grid of galleries facilitates self-navigation, while maintaining diversity in room character, size, and proportion.

REX museum of the 20th century
the design seeks to provide built-in tools that curators can use to present various collections
image by luxigon

 

 

in order to house the requirements of the program within the plot, the floorplate is doubled. while both floors follow the same gridded gradation, the characters of galleries are unique on each floor. the level 2 floor slab is tilted, raising the galleries’ heights from 5 meters at the south to 6.75 meters at its northern end. below, on level 1, the galleries’ heights transition conversely.

 

see the gallery at the bottom of the page for more information on the proposal in the words of the architects.

REX museum of the 20th century
the ground level offers views into the galleries below
image by REX

REX museum of the 20th century
competition model showing the level 2 floor slab tilt
image by radii

REX museum of the 20th century
the proposal forms a functional ‘objet trouvé’ for the framing of 20th century art
image by radii

 

 

project info:

 

client: stiftung preußischer kulturbesitz (ministry for culture and media), bundesrepublik deutschland (federal republic of germany)
program: museum—forming a curatorial unity with the mies van der rohe-designed neue nationalgalerie — consolidating the nationalgalerie’s holdings of 20th century art, the marx, pietzsch, and marzona collections, and works from the museum of prints & drawings and the art library’s museum collections; and (A-Z) administration, art storage, café, education/art appreciation spaces, exhibition spaces, media/event space, restaurant, restoration areas, and shop
area: 29,500 sqm (318,000 sqf)
construction cost: €110 million
status: limited international competition, 2016
design architect: REX
personnel: julie bauer, maur dessauvage, kelvin ho, isabelle moutaud, elizabeth nichols, kelsey olafson, joshua prince-ramus, cristina webb
executive architect: rw+
consultants: burohappold, front, hhpberlin, marti-baron+miething, werner sobek 

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