Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

Museumshöfe Berlin

A unique ensemble like the Museum Island cannot simply be "extended to the other side of the street". Nevertheless, the art collections assembled there can tolerate a strong neighbor who approaches them in a respectful manner, relieves them of some of their content and complements them programmatically.

The basic assumption that underlies this design is that both the competence center for art and cultural studies and an "exhibition warehouse" for the holdings of the Gemäldegalerie will be located together on the site of the former Friedrich-Engels barracks.

The basic idea of this design is to arrange the necessary rooms, with the inclusion of the memorial-protected material, in a concentrated and at the same time permeable block structure, which fits thoughtfully into this highly sensitive urban environment. The new museum courtyards complete the development at Kupfergraben, create an appropriate counterpart to the Bodemuseum, continue the existing relationships and enhance them.

As a structurally independent system that is not exclusively oriented towards the Museum Island, the museum courtyards become the "nucleus" of the surrounding educational landscape, where art, culture and research meet in a unique closeness.

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger



Berlin, Germany