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MORITZBURG MUSEUM

Halle (Saale), Germany 2004-2008

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MORITZBURG MUSEUM

Halle (Saale), Germany 2004-2008

The Moritzburg Castle is a significant example of German military and religious architecture of the late fifteenth century. Built as an archbishop’s palace, its conflicted history has been reflected in the different interventions that have altered it over the centuries. Since the collapse of the north and west wings during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48), the image of the fortress as a ruin has remained as such until now, and the citizens of Halle have identified the building with that image for over three centuries. Despite consecutive alterations, the building has maintained the formal structure of its major original architectural elements: the perimeter wall-precinct, three of the four circular towers on the corners, and the central armory court. Reestablished as a museum in 1904, it once housed one of the best collections of Expressionist and classical modern art, reduced during the Nazi period, when the works of Paul Klee, Feininger, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and other artists were considered an utmost expression of “degenerate art.” With the exception of an unbuilt project from 1829 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, which proposed the transformation of the castle into a university, it was not until 2004 that the Sachsen-Anhalt administration decided to undertake the reconstruction, expanding the museum with new permanent and temporary exhibition galleries.
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.
 
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MORITZBURG MUSEUM

Halle (Saale), Germany 2004-2008

Location
Halle, Saale, Germany
Client
Stiftung Moritzburg. Land of Sachsen - Anhalt
Architects
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Program
Restoration and museum expansion of existing fifteenth-century castle
Total floor area
11.220 m2
Project architect
Sebastian Sasse
Project team
Siverin Arndt, Udo Brunner, Susann Euen, Dirk Landt, Vanesa Manrique, Nina Nolting, Olaf Syrbe, Miguel Ubarrechena
Site supervision
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano
Sebastian Sasse, Johannes Stumpf, Karl Heinz Bosse
Structural engineer
GSE
I M.E.P. Engineers
Rentschler & Riedesser
Models
Juan de Dios Hernández - Jesús Rey
Photographs
Aurofoto, S.L. (models)
Roland Halbe 
Project dates
Competition: 2004
Design: 2005-06
Completion: 2008
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MORITZBURG MUSEUM

Halle (Saale), Germany 2004-2008

Monograph TC CUADERNOS nº 131/132. 2017
Published by General de Ediciones de Arquitectura. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-947421-4-9 
Page: 92 – 109
 
Book ADAPTATIVE REUSE. 2017
Published by Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH. Basel, Switzerland
Author: Liliane Wong
ISBN: 978-3-03821-537-0
Page: 112

Book LIGH
T SPACES. 2016
Published by Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH. Basel, Switzerland
Authors: Kerstin Schultz & Hedwig Wiedemann-Tokarz
ISBN: 978-3-0356-1111-3
Page: 27
 
Monograph NS. 2014
Fuensanta Nieto Enrique Sobejano Architetture
Published by Electa Architecttura. Milan, Italy
Authors: Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
ISBN: 978-88-9180-228-6
Page: 62 – 71 
 
Monograph NIETO SOBEJANO. MEMORY AND INVENTION. 2013
Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Ostfildern, Germany
Authors: Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano
ISBN: 978-3-7757-3619-0
Page: 145 – 161 
 
Magazine SPEECH nº 10. 2013
Published by SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov. Moscow, Russia
ISBN: 978-3-86922-071-0
Article: You have to find a balance. Interview Enrique sobejano
Author: David Cohn
Page: 197 – 225
 
Book e-X-tension. 2013
AKTUELLE MUSEUMS – UND AUSSTELLUNGSARCHITEKTUR IM BESTAND
Published by Kerber Verlag. Bielefeld, Germany
Authors: Katja Schneider, Jürgen Tietz
ISBN: 978-3-86678-801-5
Article: Erinnerung und Erfindung
Author: Enrique Sobejano
Page: 45 – 52
Article: Expressive Dachlandschaft. Der neur ausstellungsflügel der Moritzburg. Von Nieto Sobejano
Author: Jürgen Tietz
Page: 119 – 124
 
Magazine A+U nº 508. 2013
Architecture in Germany 2000-2012
Published by a+u Published Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
ISSN: 0389-9160
Page: 86 – 89
 
Book VON ARENDSEE BIS ZEITZ. 100 BAUTEN AUS 1000 JAHREN. 2011
Die Architektur Sachsen - anhalts ins sechs Regionen
Published by Michael Imhof Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. Petersberg, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-86568-726-5
Page: 134 – 135 
 
Book SPANISH ARCHITECTS ABROAD. 2011
Published by Berlin Studio e.V. - Instituto Cervantes Berlin - jovis Verlag GmbH. Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-86859-108-8
Page: 82 – 97                                                                                                                        
Book ARCHITECTURE A WOMAN`S PROFESSION. 2011
Published by Jovis Verlag GmbH. Berlin, Germany
Author: Tanja Kullack
ISBN: 978-3-86859-086-9
Page: 96 – 103
 
Book ECOLA. European Conference of Leading Architects 2011
Award for the use of render / plaster in architecture 
Published by AIT. Berlin, Germany 
ISBN: 978-3-87-422825-1
Page: 54 – 61
 
Magazine DETAIL nº 01/02. 2011
Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0011-9571
Article: Architektur muss auf das Vorgefundene reagieren - im Gespräch mit Enrique Sobejano
Author: Andreas Gabriel, Claudia Fuchs 
Page: 10 – 18
 
Magazine [ark] nº 04. 2010
Published by Sto AG & Co. KGaA. Stühlingen, Germany
Pag: 5
 
Catalogue FLUORA nº 25. 2010
Individuelle Lichtlösungen für kreative Architektur                            
Published by Fluora. Germany                                                           
 
Magazine DER ARCHITEKT nº 3. 2010
Published by Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung. Berlin, Germany
ISSN: 0003-875X
Page: 81
 
Monograph AV MONOGRAFÍAS / MONOGRAPHS nº 146. 2010
Nieto & Sobejano 1999-2011
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0213-487X
Page: 68 – 77 
 
Magazine DETAIL nº 1. 2010   
Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0011-9571
Page: 45 – 50
 
Book ARCHITECTURE NOW! MUSEUMS. 2010
Published by Taschen. Cologne, Germany                                                                   Author: Philip Jodidio
ISBN: 978-3-8365-1223-7
Page: 266 – 279
 
Magazine ARKETIPO nº 38. 2009
Published by Gruppo 24 ORE S.p.A. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 1828-4450 
Article: Una nuova copertura metallica si stende sulle rovine del castello
Author: Federica Gasparetto
Page: 84 – 97
 
Book DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTUR JAHRBUCH 2009/10. 2009
DAM PREIS FÜR ARCHITEKTUR IN DEUTSCHLAND
Published by Prestel Verlag - Deutsche Architekturmuseum (DAM). Frankfurt, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-7913-6245-8
Article: Erweiterung Kunstmuseum Moritzburg
Author: Layla Dawson
Page: 124 – 131
 
Magazine DETAIL nº 11. 2009
Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0011-9571
Article: Reading the existing frabric
Author: Enrique Sobejano, Fuensanta Nieto
Page: 1195 – 1200 
 
Book BUILD-ON. 2009
Converted Architecture and Transformed Buildings 
Published by Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. Berlin, Germany
ISBN: 978-3-89955-259-1
Page: 22 – 29 
 
Catalogue X BIENAL ESPAÑOLA DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO. 2009
Published by Fundación Caja de Arquitectos. Barcelona, Spain
ISBN: 978-84-936693-8-6
Page: 90 – 99
 
Magazine DISEÑO INTERIOR nº 203. 2009
Published by Globus Comunicación, S.A. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1130-9458
Article: El Museo en ruinas
Author: Marta Pérez Astigarraga
Page: 22 – 24
 
Magazine A+U nº 466. 2009
Published by a+u Published Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan
ISSN: 0389-9160
Page: 112 – 119
 
Book 10 X 10/3. 100 ARCHITECTS 10 CRITICS. 2009
Published by Phaidon Press Limited. London, UK
ISBN: 9780714849539
Page: 256 – 259
 
Magazine ON DISEÑO nº 300. 2009
Published by On Diseño, S.L. Barcelona, Spain
ISSN: 0210-2080
Page: 128 – 137
 
Magazine L`INDUSTRIA DELLE CONSTRUZIONI nº 406. 2009
Architettura dei Musei 2
Published by Edilstampa SrL. Rome, Italy
ISSN: 0579-4900
Page: 94 – 101
 
Magazine VÍA CONSTRUCCIÓN nº 67. 2009
Published by Grupo Vía. Madrid, Spain
Legal Deposit: GI-06-2003
Article: Una cubierta revive un antiguo castillo alemán del siglo XV
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 46
 
Magazine CASABELLA nº 776. 2009
Published by Arnoldo Mondadori. Milan, Italy
ISSN: 0008-7181
Article: Le pietre parlano
Author: Jean-Marie Martin
Page: 62 – 75 
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 123. 2009
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0214-1256
Article: Un Castillo del arte
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 20 – 29
 
Magazine HÄUSER nº 2. 2009
Published by Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG. Hamburg, Germany
ISSN: 0173-2781
Article: Die Raumschöpfer
Author: Jürgen Tietz
Page: 112 – 116
 
Magazine METAMORPHOSE nº 2. 2009
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 1868-4114
Page: 20 – 29 
 
Magazine SPACE nº 495. 2009 
Published by Lee Sang-leem. Seoul, Korea
ISSN: 1228-2472
Page: 43 – 49    
 
Magazine DBZ Deutsche BauZeitschrift nº 2. 2009
Published by Bauverlag BV GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany
ISSN: 0011-4782
Article: Das Dach und die Kunst
Author: Editorial Board
Page: 32 – 39 
 
Magazine BAUMEISTER nº 3. 2009
Published by Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey GmbH. K.G. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0005-674X
Article: Silberne Flügel auf maroden Mauern
Author: Matthias Grünzig
Page: 72 – 83
 
Magazine DB Deutsche Bauzeitung nº 1. 2009
Published by Konradin Medien GmbH. Leinfelden - Echterdingen, Germany
ISSN: 0721-1902
Page: 66
 
Magazine DETAIL nº 1/2. 2009
Published by Institut für internationale Architektu - Dokumentation GmbH & Co. KG. Munich, Germany
ISSN: 0011-9571
Page: 26
 
Magazine C3 nº 293. 2009
Published by C3 Publishing Co. Seoul Korea
ISSN: 1227-611101
Page: 48 – 59 
 
Magazine BAUWELT nº 4. 2009
Published by BertelsmannSpringer Bauverlag GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany
ISSN: 0005-6855
Article: Die neue Moritzburg
Author: Jürgen Tietz
Page: 14 – 21 
 
Magazine EL CROQUIS nº 142. 2008
Prácticas Arquitectónicas / Architectural practices
Published by El Croquis Editorial. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0212-5633
Page: 60 – 73
 
Magazine WETTBEWERBE AKTUELL nº 11. 2008
Published by Wettbewerbe Aktuell Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Freiburg, Germany 
ISSN: 0177-9788 
Page: 97 – 100 
 
Newspaper MITTELDEUTSCHE ZEINTUNG. 03.10.2008
Article: Die Moderne unter kühnen Dächern
Author: Von Günter Kowa
Page: 29
 
Magazine EL CROQUIS nº 136/137. 2007
Sistemas de Trabajo (II) / Work System (II) 
Published by El Croquis Editorial. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0212-5633
Page: 202 – 209
 
Magazine ARKITEKTEN nº 04. 2007
Published by Birgitte Kleis, Eric Juul, Lars Nevald y Sille Kroyer Koppel. København, Denmark
ISSN: 0004-198X 
Article: Spansk Saerpraeg
Author: Maria Gomez-Guillamon
Page: 46 – 47
 
Magazine FUTURE ARQUITECTURAS nº 6. 2007
Published by Future Arquitecturas, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1885-8228
Page: 93
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA COAM nº 343. 2006
Published by Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Spain
ISSN: 0004-2706
Article: Entre la lógica y la intuición: La arquitectura reciente de Fuensanta Nieto y Enrique Sobejano
Author: William J.R. Curtis
Page: 26 – 28
 
Newspaper MITTELDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG. 25.08.2005
Article: Erster Spatenstich für ein Jahrhundertprojekt
Author: Günter Kowa
Page: 18
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA nº 98. 2004
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0214-1256
Page: 39
 
Magazine AV PROYECTOS nº 004. 2004
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1697-493X
Page: 28 – 29 
 
Magazine ARQUITECTURA VIVA. nº 97. 2004
Published by Arquitectura Viva, S.L. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 0214-1256
Page: 11
 
Magazine PASAJES DE ARQUITECTURA Y CRÍTICA nº 62. 2004
Published by América Ibérica. Madrid, Spain
ISSN: 1575-1937
Page: 16 –17
 
Magazine TC CUADERNOS nº 65. 2004
Published by Ediciones Generales de la Construcción. Valencia, Spain
ISBN: 1136-906X
Page: 122 –129
 
Magazine WETTBEWERBE AKTUELL nº 9. 2004
Published by Wettbewerbe Aktuell Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Freiburg, Germany 
ISSN: 0177-9788
Page: 83 – 85
 
Magazine BAUWELT nº 26. 2004
Published by Bauverlag BV GmbH. Gütersloh, Germany 
ISSN: 0005-6855
Page: 8 – 9
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MORITZBURG MUSEUM

Halle (Saale), Germany 2004-2008

Hannes Meyer Preis. 2012

ECOLA Award. 2010

Prize Auszeichnung Deutscher Stahlbaupreis. 2010

Große Nike. Architekturpreis des Bundes Deutscher Architekten BDA. 2010

Mention X Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. 2009

Finalist Prize Die 26 besten Bauten in/aus Deutschland. 2009

The International Architecture Award. The Chicago Athenaeum Museum. 2009