MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension | Herzog & de meuron

Rosalin Citra Utami Kapa | Thursday, 30 September 2021

The four-year expansion of the Küppersmühle Museum has been completed. Located in the City of Duisburg, Germany, the museum will resume operations to the public from 25 September 2021. This extension project began in 2013 with the Ströher family as clients. To create new spaces and explore the potential of buildings in their existing conditions, a feasibility study was carried out by Herzog and de Meuron which resulted in a new, more radical start.

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

The initial concept of the building in the form of a balanced cube illuminated in a silo tower was abandoned. The concept was replaced by constructing a building that had dimensions and materials that matched the order of the historic brick structures lining the sides of the pier. In this way, the new structure also complements the existing museum complex in a visually appropriate way and forms a fitting conclusion to the rows of buildings along the pier. This design disguises the extension building and makes it look as if it has been there from the start.

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

Filled with presentations of works from the Stroher collection, the exhibition was held in an additional space of 2500 square meters. There are about 300 works to be exhibited covering the immediate post-war period to the present. The layout of the exhibition structure consists of three sections that echo the path of the building's free zone, while one elevation of the third section stretches along its boundaries. The extension will be connected directly to the existing exhibition space by bridges via silos on the first and second upper levels, facilitating uninterrupted visitor access throughout the museum.

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

As in the existing gallery, the windows in the extension section are made to face the pier and the Philosophenweg which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. The brick material used in the museum makes it look striking and varied from the existing buildings. In this section there is also a spiral staircase that allows a continuous circulation of visitors. The new exhibition area carries the additive character of the entire Küppersmühle Museum which is distinctive as an industrial facility of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The interior itself is arranged so that it echoes the content of the existing exhibition. The entire exhibition level has a spatial arrangement that facilitates various flexible uses of the space.

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

MKM Museum Küppersmühle Extension

 

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Duisburg, Germany
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2021
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