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Altes Museum Berlin Architecture

Schinkel Architecture in Berlin, Germany: Architectural Information + Images

post updated 3 August 2021

Date built: 1823-33

Architect: Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Altes Museum Berlin Schinkel building
photograph © Adrian Welch

Altes Museum Berlin

Under General Director Ludwig Justi, the building was the first museum of Museum Island to undergo reconstruction and restoration, which was carried out from 1951 to 1966 by Hans Erich Bogatzky and Theodor Voissen. Following Karl Friedrich Schinkel‘s designs, the murals of the rotunda were restored in 1982.

Altes Museum Berlin building by Schinkel
photo © Adrian Welch

However, neither the ornate ceilings of the ground floor exhibition rooms nor the pairs of columns under the girders were reconstructed. The former connection to the Neues Museum has also not been rebuilt; instead, an underground passageway connecting all of the museums of Museum Island is planned as part of the Museumsinsel 2015 renovations.

Altes Museum Berlin architecture Germany
scanned photograph from 1995 © Isabelle Lomholt

Schinkel’s plans for the Königliches Museum, as it was then known, were also influenced by drafts of the crown prince, later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who desired a building that was heavily influenced by antiquity. The crown prince even sent Schinkel a pencil sketch of a large hall adorned with a classical portico.

Altes Museum Berlin building colonnade

Altes Museum Berlin building columns
scanned photos © Isabelle Lomholt, from 1995

Location: Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany, western Europe

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Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781 – 1841) was a Prussian architect, city planner, and painter. He also designed furniture and stage sets. Schinkel was one of the most prominent architects of Germany.

He designed both neoclassical and neogothic buildings. His most famous buildings are found in and around Berlin.

After Napoleon’s defeat, he oversaw the Prussian Building Commission. In this position, he was responsible for reshaping the city of Berlin into a representative capital for Prussia.

Schinkel’s style, in his most productive period, is defined by a turn to Greek rather than Imperial Roman architecture

His most famous buildings in Berlin also include the Neue Wache (1816–18), the National Monument for the Liberation Wars (1818–21), and the Schauspielhaus (1819–21).

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