WHAT

WHO

HOW MUCH

HOW

PROGRAM
FINANCING
ABSOLUTE DIMENSIONS
RELATIVE DIMENSIONS
DESIGN STRATEGY

SURFACE EXTENSION

SURFACE REDUCTION

VOLUME EXTENSION

VOLUME REDUCTION

STRUCTURE

MATERIAL

IMAGE

84 PROJECTS

Variation of modes of use: functions, users, schedules, etc.

Relationship between the ownership and the form of the investment that allows the transformation

Variation of the overall dimensions of the building

Proportional relationship between new spaces and existing spaces

Relationship between the structural adjustments and the existing structure

Relationship between the forms and types of pre-existing materials and those of the new intervention

Relationship between the image of the new and the image of the existing (mimesis / contrast)

LOCATION

Halle, Saale, Germany

ARCHITECTS / FIRM

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Talavera 4 L-5 E-28016 Madrid t +34 915643830 f +34 915643836 Schlesische Straße 26 D-10997 Berlin t +49 30 6953 868-11 f +49 30 6953 868-98 www.nietosobejano.com

YEAR

2008

6 Nieto Sobejano – Moritzburg Museum


PROJECT - Main Infos

PROJECT: 6 Nieto Sobejano – Moritzburg Museum

LOCATION: Halle, Saale, Germany

YEAR: 2008

ARCHITECT / FIRM: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Talavera 4 L-5 E-28016 Madrid t +34 915643830 f +34 915643836 Schlesische Straße 26 D-10997 Berlin t +49 30 6953 868-11 f +49 30 6953 868-98 www.nietosobejano.com

BUYER: Stiftung Moritzburg. Land of Sachsen - Anhalt

SURFACE: 11.220 sqm

PRICE: € 21.600.000

DESCRIPTION:
Our project for the transformation of the Moritzburg Castle set out the following question: is it possible to reconstruct, starting from the representations of the place itself, an architecture that connects symbolically with the past and reveals its contemporary condition to recompose reality? The project emerges paradoxically from a narrative structure suggested by the paintings of an exhibition. The sequence of exhibition spaces is always interrupted by the memory of the ruin associated with the castle, by the triangular surfaces decomposed in Expressionist works, but also by our own previous experience. The architectural proposal then emerged from an intuition that marks every posterior decision: a new roof conceived as a large, folded platform, which rises and folds to emit natural light, and from which two new exhibition spaces hang. This operation frees up the western wing from the presence of the old ruin, which allows for the re-creation of a unique large-scale space, column-free, and offering different exhibition opportunities. A new roof landscape -clad in rigid aluminum panels- establishes a dialogue between its angular geometry and the irregular volumes of the sloping roofs of the castle. The pyramidal skylights, positive and negative, express through their variations that architecture is a combinatorial art; that our task, in the end, is to find the relative position of its elements. The new intervention in the Moritzburg Castle aims at protecting the ruins that have represented it for centuries. It does so by keeping the existing building intact, and superimposing a light structure that evokes the works displayed inside. The works of Caspar David Friedrich, El Lissitzky, Edvard Munch, and Klee from the original collection are now accompanied by those of Kirchner, Erich Heckel, and Emil Nolde, donated by Hermann Gerlinger, the owner of one of the most valuable private collections devoted to the Expressionist group Die Brücke, whose presence in the new halls of the museum compensates, in a sense, for the looting that occurred during Nazism and World War II. The pictures of the exhibition are thus incorporated into the new expansion, where, in our imagination, the museum’s architecture, its history, and its contents all merge into a circular process. It is a strange feeling that, since the project’s completion, makes us pause whenever we have returned to visit the castle.

WHAT - Program


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The functional program remains the original one.

DESCRIPTION:
Restoration and museum expansion of existing fi fteenth-century castle.

WHO - Financing


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The investor is the property owner.

DESCRIPTION:
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HOW MUCH - Absolute Dimensions

- SURFACE present EXTENSION,

PREVALENT CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions increase moderately with respect to the pre-existing surface.

- VOLUME present EXTENSION,

PREVALENT CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The overall dimensions increase moderately with respect to the pre-existing volume.

DESCRIPTION:
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HOW MUCH - Relative Dimensions


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: There are no new spaces.

DESCRIPTION:
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HOW - Design Strategy STRUCTURE


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The original supporting structure is fully preserved and there are no new structures.

DESCRIPTION:
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HOW - Design Strategy MATERIAL


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The materials chosen for the new intervention are similar to the pre-existing ones.

DESCRIPTION:
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HOW - Design Strategy IMAGE


TOTAL CONSERVATION / CONTINUITY: The new intervention is in total mimetic continuity with the existing structures.

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