Kunsthaus Dahlem
Berlin, Deutschland
Petra & Paul Kahlfeldt
Stefan Müller
Jens Schröter Metallbau GmbH
lackierter verzinkter stahl
Albert Speer’s project for Great Berlin foresaw the construction of State ateliers for several artists who would contribute to the creation of the Reich’s capital with their work. One of these was built between 1938 and 1941 for the sculptor Arno Breker. The rigorously symmetrical layout of the longitudinal building comprises three buildings; the simple façades are characterised by brick facing and full height door-windows, which can be opened completely to allow the movement of large sculptures. The spacious interiors, on the other hand, are finished with precious materials – marble bases for the sculptures, stuccos, oak doors – and large skylights in the ceiling. The building’s meticulous restoration and transformation into a modern art museum revives and enhances these elements; this is particularly true of the structure of the doors and windows that were rebuilt with 0S2 75 profiles in painted galvanised steel, thus restoring the façades’ original appearance and meeting the need for the refined elegance of the interiors.