Neues Museum Berlin
Development and integration of a tailor-made underfloor system
The buildings and collections of the Neues Museum in Berlin belong to the most significant cultural treasures in Europe and are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Between 2003 and 2009, the museum, which was badly damaged in the Second World War, was rebuilt and restored. OBO developed an underfloor system which both met the high aesthetic requirements of the museum and provided a discreet supply of power and data to the interior areas.
For the restoration of the Neues Museum in Berlin, an underfloor system was required which corresponded to the exact requirements of this construction project exactly. For this, OBO developed underfloor ducts which could lay on the raw floor with relatively little protection during the two-year construction phase and which could withstand up to two tonnes. The heavy-duty lids of the ducts could also be opened during the shell phase.
In addition, OBO developed, according to the specifications of the architects, underfloor cassettes with a load capacity of approx. 2.5 tonnes and minimal dimensions of just 12.5 x 12.5 cm. As the different floor characteristics meant that it was not always possible to run the load impact through the screed, the load carrying capacity of the boxes was guaranteed using the construction components. These underfloor boxes were used throughout the whole building and played a key role in supplying the exhibitions with power and data connections. The burnished bronze design with an invisible cassette edge means that the underfloor boxes blend discreetly into the interesting architecture of the building. The boxes were mounted in all kinds of floors: In terrazzo tiles, cut concrete, artificial stone, mosaic floors and wooden boarding. An additional frame was created for mounting in the terrazzo tiles and cut concrete and is not connected in the corners. This structural measure prevents the device installation unit or the floor covering from being damaged by voltages.