The last building of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe opened after renovation


The DCA has done a fine job of restoring the original architecture of Berlin's New National Gallery – the latest project by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

In Berlin, after reconstruction, the New National Gallery has opened – the last project of the famous Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The architect began working on it after returning to Europe with his grandson Dirk Lohan. The gallery was part of the large Kulturforum complex, which was supposed to become a symbol of the new Germany, but in the end the building of the New National Gallery turned out to be only an omen of the end of the era of modernist architecture.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe put form at the expense of functionality. This is what the DCA bureau had to fix. Finishing materials were not changed if possible. Rare new granite slabs were tinted to match the surviving ones. Hazardous insulation materials were removed inside & nbsp; – asbestos and artificial mineral wool.

The architects slightly changed the internal layout of the lower level: the wardrobe and bookstore moved to the storage area, the exhibits were moved to the former technical premises. A ramp has been added to the gallery for inclusive access. The DCA renovation should extend the life of the New National Gallery by 40-50 years.

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