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Brandhorst Museum / Sauerbruch Hutton

  • Architects: Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Architects: Sauerbruch Hutton
  • Client: Staatliches Hochbauamt, Munich
  • Budget: $46M Euro
  • Area: 12100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Sauerbruch Hutton

© Sauerbruch Hutton © Sauerbruch Hutton © Sauerbruch Hutton © Sauerbruch Hutton

From the architect. The Brandhorst Museum houses a substantial private collection of late 20th Century and contemporary art, mostly paintings. The scheme consists of a simple elongated building of three interconnecting volumes; its tall "head" marks the southeastern corner of the Munich museum quarter. The three volumes are distinguished by claddings of different colors and hues.

© Sauerbruch Hutton
© Sauerbruch Hutton

Internally, the museum is arranged on three floors connected by a generous staircase. On the lowest level is a large day-lit "patio", that forms the focal point for a suite of galleries dedicated to media and graphic art. The ground floor has seven universal exhibition spaces, illuminated by a daylight system that brings zenith light into the interior through a series of reflectors. The top floor -with the largest spaces- has continuous top light in all its galleries. The design aims to create a subtle differentiation in character between the various exhibition spaces through the different daylight qualities as well as through a deliberate variation in the sequence and dimensions of all the rooms.

© Sauerbruch Hutton
© Sauerbruch Hutton

The external skin of the building is composed of 36,000 TERRART®-Baguette ceramic rods in an assortment of 23 custom colors, glazed in families of eight colors. A second layer consists of a horizontally folded metal skin, coated in two colors. This layering and its polychromy lends the skin a varied appearance: What is vivid and three-dimensional from close up will appear homogeneous and flat from afar.

© Sauerbruch Hutton
© Sauerbruch Hutton

Painstakingly designed by Sauerbruch Hutton and manufactured by NBK Ceramic, a Hunter Douglas company, the colorful facade was created in response to nearby structures. The architects placed the array of terracotta rods in front of colored, perforated aluminum sheeting to create a gentle veil on the outside of the structure. Sunlight shining on the facade casts a pattern of shadows that shifts throughout the day, further enhancing the design's dynamic effect.

© Sauerbruch Hutton
© Sauerbruch Hutton
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