New National Gallery in Berlin
Berlin 23 September 1965. The foundation is laid for the New National Gallery. 76-year-old Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had been given the task of building the New National Gallery three years earlier. As one of the most important architects of the modern age, Mies again stayed true to his motto of “less is more” in the construction of this building. Glass and steel. Constructive logic and spatial freedom. Simple but not simplistic. These are the attributes we associate with Mies van der Rohe and which are reflected in the last building he ever planned.
In 2012, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin were awarded the contract to renovate the New National Gallery, and looked to Dornbracht premium-brand fittings for the interiors. Now one of its most important landmarks is close to returning to the cultural sector.
As a museum for twentieth-century art, the New National Gallery embodies Mies’ basic principle of a universal space, and is regarded as an icon of modern architecture. The glass and steel structure is mounted on a granite terrace that is 105 x 110 metres in size. The rectangular roof is supported by eight steel pillars. The glass walls that make up the transparent façade are each set back by 7.2 metres. Thanks to its steel stanchions, the building does not need any additional supporting walls, so you are left with a versatile floorspace that can be put to a wide variety of uses.
In 2012, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin were tasked with renovating the building. To stay faithful to Mies’ approach, they went back to his minimalism for the interiors. The listed landmark was painstakingly dismantled into thousands of individual parts without damaging the visual integrity of the monument and with the aim of retaining as much of the historic substance of the building as possible.
|Interior Architect||David Chipperfield Architects|
|Photographer||© 2021, BBR / Photo: Marcus Ebener|