Bode Museum, Museum Island Berlin, 
Design of permanent exhibition

Heinz Tesar, Vienna | Hella Rolfes, Berlin

After general restoration and a new desgin for the exhibition, and for the first time since World War II; the Bode Museum is home to the consolidated collections of the museums for Byzatine Art, the Sculpture Collection and the Coin Cabinet. Numerous selected works from the portfolio of the Picture Gallery offer relevant complements to the respective collections in the museum.

The new permanent exhibition was re-opened to the public in October 2006.


Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz represented by
Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung
Staatliche Museen Berlin, SMB-SPK

Heinz Tesar, Wien | Hella Rolfes, Berlin

Contractworld.award 2008
Third prize in the categoy of education and culture
Project Management
ibb, Prof. Burkhardt GmbH & Co, Berlin

Site Supervision
BAL Bauplanungs- und Steuerungs AG

Lighting Consultants
Ch. Keller Design AG, St. Gallen, Schweiz

Guidance system
Polyform, Berlin

2000 - 2005

2005 - 2006

Scope of Services
LPH. 2 - 8, §15 HOAI

Gross floor area
25.280 sqm

Net floor area
11.081 sqm  (Exibition 7.300 sqm)

Total costs

The Bode Museum is one of the five large buildings housing collections on Berlin’s Museum Island. On display in the exhibition space of some 7000 square metres are the Sculpture Collection, the Museum for Byzantine Art, the Coin Cabinet and the Picture Gallery.

Between 1999 and 2005, the building was thoroughly repaired, restructured and restored in particular accordance with the specifications and guidelines for historical preservation. The entire building was reconstructed to be barrier-free, and was fitted with modern technology to fulfil the most important demands on modern museum operations. Adequate prerequisites were created to ensure the re-establishment of the museum. For the first time since the end of World War II, the collections – once divided between the East and West – could be reunited and shown in the Bode Museum.

Working on general restoration and the design of the exhibition offered the special opportunity to effectively connect architecture, interior design and exhibition planning. Structurally-related decisions concerning materials, surfaces, light and colours were always made and verified in conjunction with the exhibition concepts. This enabled the creation of an unobtrusive and appropriate setting for the varying collections and the diversity of the exhibits.