Brandhorst Museum in Munich by Sauerbruch & Hutton

The Brandhorst Museum is located along the Tuerkenstrasse, in the neighbourhood of Maxvorstadt in Munich. Designed by the German firm Sauerbruch & Hutton, this museum has been open since may 2009.          


Context and Location         

This neighborhood destroyed during the second worldwide war, today, it hosts a few diverges museums. Brandhorst Museum was built near another museum, the Pinakothek der Moderne completed in 2002. The project of Sauerbruch & Hutton is an answer to it, the building have the same hight. The architects had wanted to create an 8-meter withdrawal from the street which allows an increase in visibility as the street is narrow.      


Construction and facade   

The Brandhorst Museum was built with reinforced concrete and insulated with mineral wood. However, it is the façade that attract the passerby. This facade is made with ceramic rods. Sauerbruch & Hutton choose 23 colourful elements. There are 36 000 rods with 4cm of thickness. The facade allows two things. In first, the facade attracts the visitors with colours, in second, it reduces noise.


The organisation of the museum is easy to understand. The architects create a windows blindfold, this line divides the two levels.


Concerning the environmental choices, Sauerbruch & Hutton had opted for a heat pump. The heating is transmitted by the floors and the walls.



The artists benefit from a large hight for their artworks, 9 meter exactly. The exhibition rooms were between 55m2 and 100 m2. At the ground floor, ceiling covered by textile flat for a better diffusion of lighting. At the second level, we have 6 identical exhibition rooms with 65m2 in area. This level is completed by a curved room with a translucent ceiling. Artwork can be to suspend to this ceiling.


brandhorst-museum-munich-sauerbruch-hutton-19The gallery hosts giant stairs with a glasses wall. The 460 m2 gallery permits to receive 3D Artworks. Additionally, it creates a relationship with the street. Once we are in the interiors, we can discover an underground level with the 13 meter in hight. For the roofs, the German architects used a Danish Oak and a white painting for the walls.


The works of engineers have shown that the need of lighting is covered between 50% to 75% during the opening hours, thanks to windows and roof. Therefore, the costs of lighting is less.


Now, we shall wait and see if the colorful facade conserves its beauty with the time.

  • Architectural firm: Sauerbruch & Hutton
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Architects : Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton, Juan Lucas Young
  • Chief: David Wegener
  • Team: Peter Apel, Rasmus Jörgensen, Mareike Lamm, Jürgen Bartenschlag, Philip Engelbrecht, Andrea Frensch, Michaela Kunze , Jörg Albeke, Britta Aumüller, Philipp Eckhoff, Angelika Fehn Krestas, Ramiro Forné, Felix Habich, Tanja Kausch-Löchelt, Andrew Kiel, Seamus Kowarzik, Marie Langen, Ilja Leda, Constantin von der Mülbe, Daniela McCarthy, Sandra Peters, Markus Pfeifer, Maria Saffer, Birgit Schönbrodt, Marc Schwabedissen, Kerstin Treiber, Anja Vogel
  • Work Management: Marcus von der Oelsnitz, Rasmus Jörgensen, Mathias Mund
  • Structure Engineers: Ingenieurbüro Fink
  • MEP Consultants: Ingenieurbüro Ottitsch
  • Electricty Consultant Zibell, Willner und Partner
  • Lighting: Arup Lighting
  • Landscape Architect: Adelheid Gräfi n Schönborn (AGS)
  • Conservation du patrimoine: Doerner Institute
  • Competition date : décembre 2002
  • Construction Start : octobre 2005
  • Completed date : may 2009
  • Area: 12 000 m² (3 200 m² for exhibition)
  • Cost: 48 150 000 € TTC
  • Photographers: Annette Kisling, Haydar Koyupinar, Andréas Lechtape