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Märkisches Museum Competition

Berlin City Museum is planning to create a new partial exhibition area in the Märkisches Museum based on a new contextual concept, with particular consideration given to didactic approaches and methods.
A user-friendly, interactive exhibition is to be created over an area of around 250 m2, which will also include two action spaces for individual visitors and groups.
Alongside the two core themes of »Middle Ages / Founding of the City« and »Childhood and Everyday Life around 1900«, overlapping themes, current references and the historic shape of the museum in 1908, which can still be seen in places, are included in the presentation.
Taking part in a competition of this type was a first for us. The demands in terms of its concept and the thematic depth required even at the design stage were a fantastic experience for us. We were able to tread new ground and develop narrative concepts accordingly.

The result: Second place – check it out at:


Competition (2nd place)


Märkisches Museum Berlin


October 2016


Idea and conception
Submission and presentation


Architectural concept

The architectural concept retains the historic substance of the Märkisches Museum and actively uses the resultant added atmospheric value for the content in a contemporary way. Orientation, at any time and from every angle, is the top priority. Visitors can allow themselves to be "moved around" without losing their way in terms of space or content. Individually adapted to the rooms and the overall architecture, modular, and colour-coded by them, the architectural concept links the rooms and informs visitors about the exhibition and the exhibits.

Contextual concept

The prime objective of the contextual concept is to make the exhibition more inviting and attractive for young people without excluding other visitor groups as a result. Visitors are invited into a historic role-playing scenario and as part of their search for traces experience the different thematic areas from their own viewpoint. Through direct connection with the exhibits, they can experience the subjects of educational freedom, social privilege and the topic of gender roles in relation to the past and present.

Middle Ages

Modern-looking installations form a contrast with the historic space and thus set it off deliberately. The room becomes the exhibit. The use of innovative materials and additional elements can also make the room appear larger.
The medieval exhibits play the central role and are emphasised using accentuated lighting.

Workshop / activity room

Modular furnishings allow different group work scenarios to be created. The prepared walls become an additional work surface. A grandstand-like sitting area with integrated storage space encourages teaching and discussion. In addition, the furniture is also suitable for lecture situations.

Intermediate room

Space-filling, colour-printed city plans decorate the wall like a total artwork. The overlapping city plan graphics are made visible individually using RGB colour filters, thus bringing the development of the city alive. An interactive exhibit invites people to consider the future development of the city and encourages a change of perspective in a playful way. Seating is included in the architecture of the room (window recesses).

Childhood and Everyday Life in around 1900

Using a specially constructed room within a room and by playing with proportions, the tenement can be perceived in its entirety. Sensory teaching designed to surprise allows »learning through action«. Existing exhibits are excitingly presented in the new context.