Neues Museum - Berlin - Germany

A number of individual measures and strategies were involved in the refurbishment of the war-ravished ruins of the Neues Museum originally built by Friedrich August Stüler in 1859 and since 1999 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The renovation seems to have strictly adhered to the Heritage Charter of Venice: new, precisely formulated components and fixtures form a clear contrast to the historical structure that has been meticulously restored and visibly appended.
A closer examination and understanding of the project reveal a much more complex relationship between old and new.
The inconspicuous but rather extensive changes to the historic fabric were realized with a high level of craftsmanship and using historical materials from existing demolition objects to achieve a harmonious impression of the overall space, allowing the qualities of pre-existing, aged, and preserved original to fully unfold.
The historical patina given to the recycled, exposed brick walls and the reconstructed mosaic floors bring out the best in the new building elements.





Architecture as Resource / Imprint