Art / Design, Travel

Neues David Chipperfield

Slight apologies for the sheer volume of photographs, but believe me, I have heavily edited the massive amount that I wanted to show you here. There are many amazing museums in Berlin but we deliberately ignored others to make extra time for the Neues Museum designed by David Chipperfield. We wanted to visit largely because we poked our heads inside a huge scale model of the main space when Chipperfield exhibited in the Design Museum, over two years ago. It was wonderful to be stood inside the finished building.

The building was massively bombed and damaged in the war and this reason I like this rennovation so much is because the architect has sensitively restored it yet allowed the old and new remain obvious. Especially the painted finishes have been really nicely treated, you can see the remains of decorative ceilings patch-working across the new materials and the new finishes have been so carefully chosen, it all forms one beautiful palette of colours and textures. We spent ages here, it is huge, and each new room had its own thread of character and style and the exhibits were all displayed beautifully. This was one of those moments when I realised I still have a very long way to go before I can consider my own design-work any good.

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