East Entrance of Alte Pinakothek, Munich Read more

© Werner Huthmacher

The Old Pinakothek houses one of the oldest and most important painting collections in the world containing European masterpieces from the 14th to the end of the 18th century. It was built from 1826 to 1836 by Leo von Klenze on the orders of King Ludwig I., and rebuilt from 1952 to 1957 by Hans Döllgast after heavy damage in the Second World War.
The current urban development, with the construction of the new modern art museum “Pinakothek der Moderne”, the future “Sammlung Brandhorst” and the resulting change in the flow of visitors from the east, led to a wish for a second entrance to the Alte Pinakothek. The reopened portal in the east wing, which was the main entrance until it was destroyed in the war, now leads into a foyer which provides access to the temporary exhibition rooms on the ground floor. The new entrance foyer – a large room which was used for exhibitions - acts as an entrance porch to keep out the wind, and it is sealed from the climate of the adjoining exhibition rooms by two new doors. It contains new furnishing elements for the ticket desk and cloakroom, and in conjunction with the three coconut velvet islands in the old wood flooring they sub-divide the room. The cube-shaped furnishings with their fishbone-pattern wood veneer are clad with acrylic glass panels in the areas used by the visitors – the ticket office, umbrella stand and bench seat – and lit from the rear. Because of the transparent glazed panel door in the eastern portal and the windows, these illuminated elements can also be seen from outside the building.

Survey 2005
Client Freistaat Bayern
User Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung
Planning started 2005
Completion 2005
Usable floor area 480 sim

Planning and Realization
Project Management: Juergen Rustler
Team: Patric Eckstein

Tendering, Local Construction Management, Contracting: aichner kazzer architekten, Munich
Werner Huthmacher