Neues Museum 2009

Berlin, Germany

Architect: David Chipperfield Architects (in collaboration with Julian Harrap)

This project saw the hugely sympathetic and at the same time impressive rebuilding of the Neues Museum, originally designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built in the mid 1800s. Situated on Berlin’s museum island, the museum had suffered extensive damage in the Second World War and had languished unloved in the GDR when Berlin was divided.

The conversion used monumental concrete interventions into the remaining shell to re-complete the building, which now houses Egyptian artefacts including the world-famous bust of Nefertiti.

A new building designed by DCA — the James Simon Gallerie — using a highly stylised, minimalist, classical language is nearing completion next door.