This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Berlin. The twentieth century changed nearly all cities, but perhaps none more so than Berlin. From its destruction in World War II that left few historic buildings intact to its division until 1989 that brought together the architecture of two competing ideologies into one city, Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to a past that seldom accompanies such recent additions. The city is filled with new and wonderful architecture that might not have found space in other cities in Europe. With that in mind, we were unable feature all our readers’ suggestions on the first go around. We will be adding to the list in the near future, so please add more of your favorites in the comment section below. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help.
The Architecture City Guide: Berlin list and corresponding map after the break.
Winner of the prestigious Mies van der Rohe 2011 Award, The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was originally designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859. In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum in collaboration with Julian Harrap. The design focused on repairing and restoring the original volume, respecting the historical structure. Both the restoration and repair of the existing is driven by the idea that the original structure should be emphasized in its spatial context and original materiality – the new reflects the lost without imitating it.
Architects: David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap
Location: Berlin, Germany
Landscape Architect: Levin Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten
Exhibition Design: architetto Michele de Lucchi S.r.L.
Structural Engineer: Ingenieurgruppe Bauen
Services Engineer: Jaeger, Mornhinweg+Partner Ingenieurgesellschaft
Site Supervision: Lubic & Woehrlin GmbH
Project Area: 20,500 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects, Courtesy of Flickr CC License / jonas-k, christiane-necker, stijn, audringje, dizdau