Berlin museum authorities unveil reworked design for the Museum Island reception center

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29 June 2007, Berlin (AP) _ Berlin authorities unveiled a reworked design for a new reception center at the city's most famous museums after protests that the original design clashed with the surrounding old buildings.

29 June 2007

Berlin (AP) _ Berlin authorities unveiled a reworked design for a new reception center at the city's most famous museums after protests that the original design clashed with the surrounding old buildings.

An initial approach by British architect David Chipperfield included glass and steel elements contrasting with the neoclassical, stone buildings surrounding it.

The new look takes the criticism into consideration and incorporates design elements of the surrounding buildings, for instance extending an existing colonnade.

The building will connect three of the city's main museums on the Museum Island in the city center: the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, and the Neues Museum.

Chipperfield's firm has been working on the design for the new building since the German Parliament approved 73 million euros (US$99 million) for the project in November 2006.

"We are very, very happy with this design," said Peter-Klaus Schuster, director of the Berlin state museum authority.

Schuster praised the upper level of the new building, which includes an airy colonnade echoing one built in the mid-19th century by Friedrich August Stueler.

He said: "We knew what we build here has to have the dignity of a temple. At the first sight we were sure _ this is it."

Chipperfield emphasized that the building was still in the planning stages and that details could still be changed before the final design is presented in early 2008. "The new building can read as a building in itself, but also as a composite of the existing buildings," Chipperfield said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2009. The Berlin museum authority hopes to have the building complete by 2012-13 to correspond with the completion of renovations on the Pergamon Museum.

The building will be named for James Simon (1851-1932), a Berlin businessman and patron of the arts who contributed to the collections of the Museum Island museums.

AP

Subject: German news

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