1998, was his first completed project. The new extension also designed by Libeskind opened in
May 2011 and provides an entrance hall with museum shop as well as learning center on the
upper floor. Attached to the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum and connected to the FNH by a glass
bridge it transforms the existing buildings into a more cohesive complex with the new extension
acting as a gateway. As part of the transformation, the lower floor of the KGM has been
redesigned to include a flexible lecture hall and event space, caterings facilities, cloak rooms and
restrooms for both buildings.
By use of color and material the extension relates to both museums. The grey plaster provides a
stark contrast to the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum on one side and the Akzisehaus on the other.
Fine anthracite colored frames accentuate the windows within the plaster surface. Thus the new
building seamlessly integrates with the museum ensemble while establishing its own unique
Rather than adding an additional element, the extension appears to be a prism refracting the
vectors of the existing buildings. The facade becomes a screen onto which the geometries of all
openings of the FNH are projected, resulting in a line matrix for the composition of the windows.
Different from the windows in the existing FNH, which appear to be cut into the walls, the windows
in the building extension protrude from the facade as independent elements.
From within, the windows provide beautifully fractured views of the surroundings putting them into
new context. The visitor can access the FNH through a glazed bridge that offers views of the
garden, the FNH, the KGM, the Akzisehaus and Heger Tor. With its bold steel structure the bridge
is reminiscent of the open bridge that previously formed the access to the FNH. Alternatively,
visitors may use the stair with glazed handrails to access the lower or upper floor of the KGM. An
elevator is also provided.
“It is such an exciting moment to return to the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, my first completed project.
As an architect it is a great honor to be asked to design an extension to this museum for the city
of Osnabrück. It is a true celebration that the museum for Nussbaum (who was once a forgotten
artist) is growing and expanding not only architecturally but also in our hearts and minds. The
integration of the new extension with the present symbolizes that the memory of Nussbaum will
have a vibrant and ongoing narration.”—Daniel Libeskind
Address: Lotterstrasse 2, D-49078 Osnabrück
New building (Erweiterung
Felix-Nussbaum-Haus): 508 sq.m.
Museum): 2,026 sq.m.
Other Building Details:
(Number of floors, buildings,
cultural space, units, etc.)
Structure: dark grey plaster with black steel frames and lines
Client :Stadt Osnabrück, Eigenbetrieb Immobilien und Gebäudemanagement, Fachdienst
Joint Venture Partner/
Association with Architect of Record: ReindersArchitekten BDA
Mechanical Engineer, Landscape, etc.)
Cost: ReindersArchitekten BDA
Cost Control, Tender, Contract Manager and Site Supervision:
Structural Engineer: Ingenieurbüro Dr. Ehlers – Unland
Krämer-Evers Bauphysik GmbH & Co. KG
MEP Engineer: Jager + Partner, Beratende Ingenieure VBI
Landscape Architect: Lützow 7 – Müller & Wehberg
Civil Engineer: —
Lighting Designers: Studio Dinnebier
Contractors (multiple contracts):
Raw Construction: Neve GmbH
Windows: H. Klövekorn GmbH
Façade: F.F. Winter, Caementum Bau-Service-GmbH
Mechanical Systems:Jager + Partner
Electrical Systems: Stadt Osnabrück, Mr. Siepker
Elektro A. Große-Wördemann GmbH & Co. KG