The currently largest newly-constructed museum in Germany was officially handed over to the city of Mannheim on Monday, December 18th, 2017. Together with the architects, we were responsible for the extension building as well as the conversion of a connecting wing between the existing and new parts of the museum. The museum opened its doors to the public for a small exhibition temporarily last weekend.
While the Kunsthalle Mannheim was established in 1907 in Art Nouveau style, it was expanded in 1983 with an additional building. The city of Mannheim and the Kunsthalle Mannheim Foundation decided to replace the existing building with seven large cubes framed by a translucent mesh façade, which offers appealing views, especially in the twilight.
Inside the building the cubes are linked by a large glass atrium and various bridges and stairs. In the future 13,000 square meters provide an attractive setting for art, thanks to open and light-flooded interior design.
Our task included the renovation of the so-called Athenetrakt ("Athene wing"), which acts as a link between the art nouveau building and the new building. The tract is preserved with its exterior walls and creates a large modern space.
Currently the Kunsthalle is moving its collection into the new building and will be officially opened on June 1st, 2018.