Neues Museum

Berlin, Germany

Date of construction: 1841

Original architect: Friedrich August Stüler.

Client: Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung

Julian Harrap Architects won an international competition to restore and rebuild the neo-Classical Neues Museum in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects.

At the time of its completion, both the construction and contents of the original Museum were sensational. Its lightweight masonry structure combined traditional building techniques with the latest technology and innovation. The interiors related graphically to the antiquities so that architecture, decoration and exhibits formed a single, harmonious whole. Regrettably the Museum was extensively damaged during the Second World War, which left it in a ruinous state for many decades.

As conservation architects for the Museum’s reconstruction, we established an architectural and conservation framework to enable the new elements to be given context. This required a deep understanding of the remaining building’s layered history and the skills needed to guide the work for a structure of such complexity. Each room was carefully considered and any intervention assessed in detail to avoid loss of original material or use of suspended ceilings and false floors. Our manipulation of the historic fabric restored order and legibility to the whole design, and meaning and significance to the fragments. Through our expertise, vision and collaborative skills, we have secured another life for this Museum.


  • Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture
  • Deutscher Architekturpreis
  • Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award
  • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
  • RIBA Crown Estate Conservation Award
  • RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist
  • European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, Europa Nostra Award, Grand Prix
  • RIBA European Award
  • BDA Architecture Prize ‘Große Nike’ and ‘Nike for detail perfection’
  • Travel and Leisure Design Award, Category Best Museum
  • BZ-Kulturpreis Berlin
  • AIA UK Chapter Excellence in Design Award
  • Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts
  • Architekturpreis Berlin, Special Award
  • BDA Preis Berlin
  • DETAIL Preis
  • DAM Preis für Architektur in Deutschland

Photographer: Dennis Gilbert