Pergamonmuseum – Masterplan Museumsinsel- A Projection into the Future
A Projection into the Future
© Prosper Jerominus 2018
Attracting more than a million visitors each year, the Pergamonmuseum is one of Berlin’s most visited museums. The building, which was designed by Alfred Messel, opened in 1930 and was the last of the five museums on the Museum Island to be inaugurated.
In the course of the complete renovation and enhancements based on the plans of architect O.M. Ungers, a fourth wing will be added to the Pergamonmuseum. That way, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique tour through the monumental architectural exhibits of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome. There will be several phases in the complete renovation and extension of the building; hence, it will not be completely closed to visitors at any time.
The Pergamonmuseum will be integrated into the Museum Island as a whole by means of a new entrance concept. It is expected that the Pergamonmuseum will be completely accessible to visitors again in 2025/26.
The Museum Island Welcomes the World
Given the large number of visitors to the Museum Island, the James-Simon-Galerie is of crucial importance for the infrastructure of the museum complex. It will serve as the new entrance building offering the visitors guidance, information, and hospitality. It will assume central service functions for the Museum Island and thus relieve the strain on the historical exhibition venues.
In his design of the new building, architect David Chipperfield draws on the historical theme of Stüler’s colonnades. The sixth building on the Museum Island will thereby harmoniously blend in with the historical ensemble and at the same time set a modern accent on the Museum Island. The namesake of the new entrance building, James Simon, is one of the most important patrons in the history of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin). His commitment to the arts and sciences is a shining example for modern patronage as well. The foundation stone for the James-Simon-Galerie was laid in fall 2013. The topping out ceremony was held in 2016.
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