A temple for the arts

reference report James-Simon-Galerie, Berlin

In 2018, David Chipperfield’s multifunctional James-Simon-Galerie building was opened on Berlin’s Museum. Like a balcony to the city, it offers impressive views of the Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten) and the new Berlin Palace (Stadtschloss) while also serving as an entrance area. The Galerie currently provides access to the Pergamon Museum and in future is to provide access to the „Archaeological Promenade“ with subterranean links to all the museums except for the Alte Nationalgalerie. The building houses a book and museum shop, a terrace restaurant, an auditorium and an exhibition room.

Multifunctional building with a colonnade

The building resembles a classical museum, standing on a podium and accessible via a monumental open staircase. It thus conforms with the array of historic buildings on the Museum Island. The temple analogy is also underlined by the colonnades which stylistically tie in with the Friedrich August Stüler’s Doric portico connecting the Neues Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie. The super-slim, elegant precast concrete columns have been manually sandblasted and stretch up to nine metres high.


Authentic materials, wide vistas

The building’s interior extends over three floors and impresses with its use of high-quality materials such as patinated bronze, Thassos marble panes and French walnut wood against a background of simple exposed concrete walls. The glass façades are held in place by glass fins, while an elegant walnut ceiling hangs above the visitors in the auditorium. Generous suites create an extended sense of space and the chic shell limestone floor is protected from contamination and damage by emco entrance mats



Colour, form and function in harmony

The building can accessed at different levels with entry to the Galerie via abrasion-resistant entrance mats of the type emco MARSCHALL (of which approx. 75 m2 are equipped with a substructure) and emco PLAZA, bordered by colour-coordinated anodised profiles. These mats easily withstand extreme loads making them ideal for highly frequented buildings such as this prestigious building in the heart of Berlin. Entrance mats from emco were installed not only in the entrance areas, but also inside the building, helping to maintain cleanliness while also providing an inviting ambience. The dimensionally stable, TÜV-certified inserts are available in three profile heights, two profile widths and can optionally be combined with additional profiles.




Sustainability included

emco products not only help to maintain cleanliness but also contribute to sustainability. They reduce the use of cleaning agents because less dirt is carried into the building. The grey ribbed carpet inserts with anodised aluminium profiles match perfectly the elegance of the architectural environment. To ensure that they continue to this over the long term, individual ribbed carpet strips are easy to replace when required.