The first construction phase of the core project focused on reconstructing the museum’s largely destroyed east wing and renovating and modernising the two adjoining building sections. A new building was constructed between the north and south buildings to reconnect these two sections.

The façade design of the adjoining building sections has been continued in the new building, whereby exposed concrete has instead been used throughout. A full cast was made of the façade dating from the imperial period for this purpose, using a silicone casting profile.

A special casting process, which had not been applied on this scale before, was implemented to reproduce the historical façade elements. A carefully planned award strategy allowed the contract to be awarded within the planned budget.

The new building among others houses the museum’s refrigerated ethanol collections, which can be accessed by research staff as well as by the general public.

The construction project remained within budget and was successfully handed off in March 2010. The building officially opened to visitors on 13 September 2010.

Project
The first construction phase of the core project focused on reconstructing the museum’s largely destroyed east wing and renovating and modernising the two adjoining building sections. A new building was constructed between the north and south buildings to reconnect these two sections.
Services
Cost calculation, preparation of BPU, HOAI service phases 3 and 5 (proportionate) and 6 to 9, tender and award processes, project coordination, construction management, documentation.
Owner
Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin Naturkundemuseum
Architects
Diener & Diener Architekten, Basel
Facts and figures
Gross floor area:9.587 m²
Total construction costs:30 Mio. €
Project time frame:2006-2010

Address:

Museum für Naturkunde
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

  • Listed building wing with its restored concrete façade

  • Ruin of the east wing

  • Front entrance

  • Building measures in the carboniferous hall

  • Ruin of the east wing

  • Restoration of the east wing

  • Concrete replica of a façade element

     

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