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Herzog & de Meuron Wins Design Competition for New Berlin Museum

Berlin’s new Museum of the Twentieth Century announced that the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron with Vogt Landscape Architects has won its international design competition, Catherine Hickley of the Art Newspaper reports.

Herzog & de Meuron, whose other projects include the new Tate Modern Switch House, issued the following statement: “The museum is the place where different paths cross, where different mentalities and worlds allow an encounter. It has several entrances, as it is oriented in all directions. It draws attention to the local collection of art.” Resembling a barn, the winning design consists of a long and low brick building with a large gabled roof.

Plans for the new institution, which will be located at the Berlin Kulturforum between Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie and Hans Scharoun’s philharmonic, were originally announced in 2013. Germany’s lower house of parliament allocated nearly $220 million for the project in 2014 and the design competition was launched a year later.

Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, said that firm’s concept “doesn’t attempt to compete with the ‘divas’ by Scharoun and Mies van der Rohe. But it still makes a very strong statement. It achieves an almost impossible feat by healing this place and bringing together these buildings.”