The keys to the Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island have been officially handed to the city after 11 years of restoration costing over €200 million. British architect David Chipperfield worked with conservation specialist Julian Harrap to recreate Friedrich August Stüler’s elegant 19th century edifice, which was partially destroyed by bombs during world war two. Restoration work on the last ruin on the museum island has followed a project of “gentle reconstruction”, maintaining the original substance of the building while developing contemporary museum usage. Due to open to the public in October 2009, the Neues Museum will house the Egyptian Museum and the Museum for Pre- and Early History.

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