THE NEUES MUSEUM IN BERLIN BY DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS
Originally designed by Friedrich August Stüler between 1841 and 1859, The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was subject to extensive bombing during the Second World War. After over sixty years in ruin, the museum was rebuilt by David Chipperfield Architects in collaboration with Julian Harrap, reopening to the public in 2009; it was presented with the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011. The building now houses the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History, together with artefacts from the Collection of Classical Antiquities. instead of being strictly divided, the various collections are intertwined as part of a novel curatorial approach. Key exhibits include the iconic bust of Nefertiti, the skull of the Neanderthal from Le Moustier, and Heinrich Schliemann’s collection of Trojan Antiquities.
Founded in 1984, David Chipperfield Architects has its main offices in London, Berlin, and Milan, in addition to a representative office in Shanghai. Employing over 150 staff from 15 countries, the firm works internationally on commercial, cultural, and residential projects, providing full architecture, masterplanning, interior design, and product and furniture design services for both the public and private sectors. Projects include the acclaimed River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, Dolce & Gabbana stores in New York and Los Angeles, and a private house for fashion photographer Nick Knight. For more information, visit davidchipperfield.co.uk
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