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National Gallery Building : Architecture

Mies van der Rohe Building in Berlin, Germany – Kulturforum Architecture, Potsdamerplatz

page updated 25 Jul 2016 ; 5 Sep 2009

Neue National Galerie

New National Gallery

Date built: 1962-68

Architect: Mies van der Rohe

Location: Kulturforum, central Berlin, near Potsdamer Platz

Photos © Adrian Welch

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The Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) at the Kulturforum is a museum for modern art in Berlin, with its main focus on the early 20th century. It is part of the National Gallery of the Berlin State Museums. The museum building and its sculpture gardens were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1968.

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The gallery closed in 2015, for “several years” of renovation. In December 2020 it was announced that the renovation of the Neues Nationalgalerie by David Chipperfield Architects is expected to be completed in April 2021. The museum is set to open in August 2021 with an exhibition of works of American sculptor Alexander Calder.

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National Gallery Berlin architect: Mies van der Rohe

The plan of the Neue Nationalgalerie is divided into two distinct stories. The upper story serves as an entrance hall as well as the primary special exhibit gallery, totaling 2,683 m2 (28,880 sq ft) of space. It is elevated from street level and only accessible by three flights of steps.

Probably the most famous Mies van der Rohe building: Barcelona Pavilion
Barcelona Pavilion
also known as the ´German Pavilion´

Buildings close by include:
Neue Staatsbibliothek
Neue Staatsbibliothek

Mies van der Rohe building – scanned photos from 1991, by architect adrian welch

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Entry from inside and out

National Gallery Berlin Photos © Adrian Welch

In 1956, José M. Bosch, President of Ron Bacardí y Compañía approached Mies to commission the design of a new office space. He was particularly interested in a very open plan, and the relatively simple idea Mies came up with involved a square roof plate supported on each side by two columns.

Though initial structural challenges had to be dealt with, the resulting pavilion typology became integral to Mies’ architectural lexicon, in many ways the epitome of his universal conception of space.
source: wikipedia

Location: Kulturforum, Berlin, Germany, Europe

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