Schinkel Museum Neuruppin

A Classical Excursion

The Schinkel Museum is one of the most important neoclassical buildings in the Fontanestadt of Neuruppin. It holds a wide collection of documents, drawings and artifacts from the work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel as well as a few very rare examples of the „Neuruppiner Bilderbogen“  very popular printed images and reading material from the 18th century. An increasing number of visitors and constantly growing archive since Germany’s re-unification, brings the capacity of the historic monument to its limits. With a parallel building facing the historical city wall, the collection receives an appropriate extension of exhibition space. The existing listed building undergoes a sensitive renovation with M&E upgrade, new heating system, elevator and ramps for wheelchair accessibility.


The extension follows in form and height, the architecture of the existing context. The external vertical volume includes ramps, lift and viewing platform with cafe framing the views to the city on the street side and towards the classical temple in the city park on the backside.


The new museum is a mixed structural system of lightweight structure for internal galleries and roof, and external shear walls in 70cm situ leca-concrete. The translucent roof is covered with movable aluminium fins and allows for the channeling of warm and cold water or air in a buffer zone, that can be pre-heated or pre-cooled depending on the seasonal situation.


Project: Restricted Design Competition  

Team: Florian Schätz, Lei-Ya Wong, Rayson Kan, Duc Duy Nguyen Hoang

Client: City of Neuruppin

Area: 3216 sm

Typology: Culture, Museum

Location: Germany