Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany: Before the Art / by Kevin Olsen

In late July 2009, I had the pleasure of visiting the Neues Museum while under construction for it's opening later in October.  To be honest, it was quite a treat to visit a museum before the exhibits are installed, relying on the architecture instead to set the stage for your experience.

Built in the mid 19th century by Friedrich August Stüler, a notable student of Schinkel, the museum was severely damaged in WWII and left alone since.  Under David Chipperfield's design, the museum has been revised in Berlin's spirit of critical reconstruction, integrating modern functionalism within a historical backdrop.

Some more pictures here