Extensive renovation work on the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Berlin, 30.10.2019

Successful completion of the refurbishment work on Berlin architectural icon: RODOPI has successfully completed all work within the scope of the refurbishment of the museum building by Mies van der Rohe. The refurbishment work has been running since 2015 and is estimated at a total of around 110 million euros, to the complete satisfaction of the architects involved and the Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments.

The RODOPI team was commissioned to recoat the filigree edgings and posts on the more than 1400 square metre glass facades of the listed building. All façade parts to be coated were meticulously prepared by hand and provided with fresh layers of lacquer in permanent coordination with the London-based David Chipperfield Architects and the State Office for Monuments. In order to make the structure of the original, matt paint visible again, the grey-black paint was applied by our team – as originally – using a brush.

“Working on an architectural icon is something special for everyone involved. The high standards of the restoration work in terms of preservation of historical monuments demanded a meticulous love of detail from us in order to completely preserve or restore the aesthetics of the building,” says Achim Schröder-Zweigardt, Managing Director of RODOPI Marine GmbH. And further: “The museum building was reorganized for the first time since the opening scarcely 50 years ago. Here, the preparation of the surfaces must be carried out with great sensitivity in order to protect the steel from wind and weather in the long term”.

With its self-supporting steel roof, the 2500 square metre building completed in 1968 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) is regarded as a landmark of classical modernism. The reopening of the renovated museum is scheduled for mid-2020.


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Picture source: Neue Nationalgalerie [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons