brandhorst museum by sauerbruch hutton architectsimage © haydar koyupiar / pinakothek courtesy sauerbruch hutton architects

brandhorst museum designed by berlin-based architects sauerbruch hutton will open to the public on may 19th. the museum will house a substantial private collection of late 20th century and contemporary art, mostly paintings. the scheme consists of a simple elongated building of three interconnecting volumes; its tall head marks the southeastern corner of the munich museum quarter. the three volumes are distinguished by claddings of different colors and hues.

sauerbruch hutton : brandhorst museum in munich, germany image © haydar koyupiar / pinakothek courtesy sauerbruch hutton architects

the external skin of the building is composed of vertical ceramic louvres, glazed in families of eight colors. a second layer consists of a horizontally folded metal skin, coated in two colors.

sauerbruch hutton : brandhorst museum in munich, germany detail exterior of the museum courtesy sauerbruch hutton architects

internally, the museum is arranged on three floors connected by a generous staircase. on the lowest level os a large day-lit patio, that forms the focal for a suite of galleries dedicated to media and graphic art. the design aims to create a subtle differentiation in character between the various exhibition spaces through the different daylight qualities as well as through a deliberate variation in the sequence and dimensions of the rooms.

sauerbruch hutton : brandhorst museum in munich, germany exterior of the museum image © noshe image courtesy brandhorst museum

sauerbruch hutton : brandhorst museum in munich, germany exterior detail of the museum image © andreas lechtapecourtesy sauerbruch hutton architects

sauerbruch hutton : brandhorst museum in munich, germany interior of the museum image © haydar koyupiar / pinakothek courtesy sauerbruch hutton architects

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