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The Museum Island welcomes the new James Simon Galerie

The new James Simon Galerie gallery will function as a new entrance for the cluster of cultural buildings located on a Museum Island in the Spree river. Designed by the architects in the head of David Chipperfield, it has been planning since the far 1999.

The James Simon Galerie serves as the new entrance building for Museum Island
The James Simon Galerie serves as the new entrance building for Museum Island

The James Simon Galerie is the new visitors center of the Museum Island

The James Simon Galerie will be the central reception area and meet the modern expectations of the public towards one of the largest museum complexes in the world. In addition to a large area for ticket sales and information, the James Simon Galerie will feature checkrooms, a museum shop, a café, and a restaurant, as well as an auditorium and space for special exhibitions.

“The James Simon Galerie is both a building and place,” explains David Chipperfield. “While its presence can be justified by the functions and facilities it provides for the museological program, its purpose is to reorganize urban relations and accessibility within the museum island. its role is not so much defined by its function but rather by its responsibility as a public building at the heart of the city.”

As a continuation of Friedrich August Stüler’s forum architecture, the James Simon Galerie serves as the new entrance building for Museum Island, completing the ensemble between the Kupfergraben canal and the south-west façade of the Neues Museum. Together with the ‘Archaeological Promenade’, it forms the backbone of the masterplan that was developed in 1999 and adopted as the basis for all further planning on Museum Island. The building is sited on a narrow strip of land where Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s ‘Neuer Packhof’ administration building stood until 1938.

David Chipperfield Architectshttps://davidchipperfield.com/project/james_simon_galerie

David Chipperfield architects complete new entrance building for Berlin’s museum islandhttps://www.designboom.com/architecture/david-chipperfield-james-simon-galerie-berlin-germany-12-13-2018/

The Museum Island Welcomes the Worldhttps://www.museumsinsel-berlin.de/en/buildings/james-simon-galerie/