MKM Museum Küppersmühle, Extension, Duisburg, Germany

德國杜伊斯堡 庫玻斯米爾勒當代博物館擴建

Herzog & de Meuron

The Museum Küppersmühle (MKM), a project by Herzog & de Meuron dating from 1999, was the first milestone in the transformation of the Inner Harbour into an attractive focus of urban life. As a museum, the former mill, with its historic brick elevations, became the centre of a new, high-grade, multi-use inner-city location. A feasibility study undertaken by Herzog & de Meuron explored the potential of the site under current conditions. The resulting project constitutes a radical new start. The original idea of an illuminated cube balanced on the silo towers and visible from afar has been jettisoned. Instead, Herzog & de Meuron propose to erect a building whose dimensions and materials accord with the sequence of historic brick structures lining the dockside. The new structure thus completes the existing museum complex in a visually appropriate way and forms a suitable conclusion to the row of buildings along the dock. At first glance it might seem as though the new building had always been there.


The new structure consists of three parts with a height of approximately 33.5, 30.5 and 27.5 metres respectively. In terms of mass, height and materials they take their cue from the existing buildings, continuing them and rounding them off to form a harmonious whole. Two parts contain the exhibition areas, the third provides access and houses utilities and art handling facilities. With five levels, one below ground, floor space amounts to some 4,900 square metres, in addition to exhibition areas of roughly 2,500 square metres. The extension is to be linked directly to the existing exhibition spaces by bridges through the silos at the first and second upper levels, facilitating uninterrupted visitor access throughout the museum. Similarly, the height of the new exhibition areas takes its cue from the existing galleries. The silos will not only be converted into elements connecting the old with the new; they will also house distinctive exhibition spaces. Their original materials are to be retained, however, because the silos are an indispensable 'sculptural' component of the Küppersmühle as an industrial monument.


庫玻斯米爾勒當代博物館(The Museum Küppersmühle)為赫札與迪.謬羅(Herzog & de Meuron)1999年起的一項計畫。當代博物館成功讓內港(Inner Harbour)搖身一變,成為都會生活中的一大亮點,可謂是一大里程碑。博物館位在市中心一處新興、高級且機能俱全的區域裡,前身為頗具歷史的磚牆磨坊。赫札與迪.謬羅實施了一項可行性調查,試圖開發該場地在現行條件下的潛力,並在最後呈現出全新風貌。原先的想法是要在青貯塔上方設置一個發光的立方體,讓人從遠處就能瞧見,但最後提案被作廢。取而代之的是在原本碼頭邊、成列的磚砌歷史建築旁,建一棟全新的建築,同時形體跟建材用料等,都與原有建築呼應。新建物的外型將與博物館互相互補、和諧共存,也能使碼頭旁原有建築空間更加完備。經過時若沒有特別留意,還會誤以為新建築其實已經存在已久。



Principal Architects:Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Robert Hösl

Project Architect:Roland Schreiber

Character of Space:Museum

Client:MKM Stiftung, Berliner Allee 65, Darmstadt, DE

Building Area:5,000 m²

Site Area:9,000 m²

Location:Duisburg, Germany

Photos:Simon Menges

Interview:Rowena Liu

Text:Herzog & de Meuron





業主:MKM Stiftung, Berliner Allee 65, Darmstadt, DE







Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron is an international architectural practice based in Basel, Switzerland. Since our founding in 1978, we have built a wide range of skills and experience that help us to customize solutions for every project. Over 500 highly engaged individuals from 50 countries are all eager to explore how architecture can meet the needs of our rapidly and radically changing world.