Complete Renovation and Extension
The complete extensive renovation of the Pergamonmuseum is being carried out without interrupting the overall operation of the museum. In fall 2012 the north wing was closed and the basement under the Court of Honor cleared. The heart of the museum, the Hall of the Pergamon Altar located in the central structure of the building, has been closed to the public since fall 2014. The entire south wing, featuring, among other things, the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way of Babylon, will be open to the public during that first phase of the renovation. The plan is to reopen the north wing and Pergamonsaal in 2019. After that, in a second building phase, the south wing will be renovated and the fourth wing built. Prior to starting the complete renovation, urgent measures for danger prevention had already been undertaken at the Pergamonmuseum, and the cornice was renovated between 2007 and 2009.
Architectural Competition and Offices Involved
In 2000, tenders for a competition were invited for the complete renovation and extension of the Pergamonmuseum. The winner of the first prize was O.M. Ungers (Cologne). Based on the design plans submitted by the office of O.M. Ungers, the future layout and look of the Pergamonmuseum were decided upon in February 2006. After Unger’s death in 2007, the Pergamonmuseum Working Group was commissioned to plan and realize the construction works. The Working Group consists of the architects’ office Kleihues + Kleihues Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH (Berlin) and the BAL Bauplanungs u. Steuerungs GmbH (Berlin). Up to his death in July 2012, Walter A. Noebel (Berlin) was part of the Working Group Pergamonmuseum as well.