Museum in a
former glass storage
Only a few meters away from the Jewish Museum, the new building of the Berlinische Galerie is located in a residential area built in the eighties as part of the Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA), the International Building Exhibition. The foundation of the museum was a 1956 complex formerly used as a glass warehouse. The warehouse consisted of an 11 meter-high cubic hall and covered an area of 60 x 60 meters. It was attached to an eight-meter high front building and a four-storey office building that paralleled the road.
The architect Jörg Fricke collaborated closely with the Berlinische Galerie in the production of his drafts, enabling the museum to open on October 22, 2004 after a construction period of only one year. Since the total budget of only 18.7 million Euros excluded extensive architectural remodeling, planners focused on maximizing functionality and space utilization to preserve the functional aspect of the industrial building. In this way, special attention was placed on the spatial concept, which was designed in order to accommodate the complex requirements of the collection. The goal was to create a spatial situation which would enable a exciting presentation of classical works and installations. This was achieved by a partially open mezzanine that structures the exhibition area by dividing it into two levels. The height of the different halls vary from 3.5 meters (upper level), to 6 meters (ground floor beneath the mezzanine), to 10 meters (the highest point of the hall). In addition to wheelchair-accessible elevators, the upper level can be reached by two stairways in the center of the building that cross the area diagonally. For the most part, the upper level is free of firmly inserted walls; the purpose for this is to create the appropriate space for the presentation of particular collection inventory and temporary exhibitions by using flexible wall systems.
Areas and functions
The 280 m2 meeting hall has 234 seats and is accessible from both the exhibition area and the entrance area. It is used for opening ceremonies, lectures, discussions, movie projections etc., and can be externally rented as well. If necessary, it can be used as an additional 6 meter high exhibition hall.
With the generous support of the ‘Förderverein Berlinische Galerie’ it was possible to create a 280 m2 presentation hall above the meeting hall. Here, interested museum visitors have the opportunity to view selected drawings and prints, photographs, architectural sketches, and archive material from the collections of the Berlinische Galerie, which can be exhibited only briefly due to their sensitivity to light. In addition changing cabinet exhibitions can be seen here.
On the upper floor of the front building is an extensive study hall that serves as a depot for paper works from the graphic collection, the architecture collection and the artist archives. As an open depot the area is as well accessible after arrangement for longer research work and the use of the artist archives.
Office building/Café Dix/ Atelier Bunter Jakob:
The office building adjoining to the entrance hall is on the second floor connected with the collection areas. On the first floor the association Jugend im Museum e.V. has opened the ‘Atelier Bunter Jakob,’ which offers creative activities for young people and adults. On the ground floor is the Café Dix, which is directly connected to the museum during the opening times. It can also be open independently of the museum’s opening hours.
|exhibition areas||4.100 qm|
|entrance hall||200 qm|
|study hall||450 qm|
|library with reading room||200 qm|
|restaurant / café||240 qm|
|office area||680 qm|
|restoration workshop||220 qm|
|"Atelier Bunter Jakob" / education area||70 qm|
|storage areas||3.000 qm|
|traffic routes, technology, others||2.150 qm|
|total internal floor area||12.200 qm|
Due to renovation temporarily closed, reopening in spring 2015