• DE
  • EN
  • FR
  • International Database and Gallery of Structures


Pinakothek der Moderne

General Information

Beginning of works: 9 September 1996
Completion: 16 September 2002
Status: in use

Project Type

Function / usage: Museum building
Material: Concrete structure


Location: , , ,
Address: Barer Straße 40
Coordinates: 48° 8' 49.76" N    11° 34' 20.28" E
Show coordinates on a map

Technical Information


site area 26 477 m²
building volume 258 527 m³
gross floor area 33 284 m²
useable space 20 105 m²


cost of construction ca. Euro 130 000 000


building structure reinforced concrete

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Pinakothek der Moderne (German: [pinakoˈteːk deːɐ̯ moˈdɛʁnə], Pinakothek of the Modern) is a modern art museum, situated in central Munich's Kunstareal. Locals sometimes refer to it as the Dritte ("third") Pinakothek after the Old and New. It is one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.

The building

Designed by German architect Stephan Braunfels, the Pinakothek der Moderne was inaugurated in September 2002 after seven years of construction. The $120 million, 22,000-square-meter building took a decade to finish because of bureaucratic objections to design and cost, which were ultimately bridged by private initiative and financing. The rectilinear facade, dominated by white and grey concrete, is interrupted by large windows and high rise columns, the latter supporting the extensive canopied roof. Each of the four corners of the building, connected by a central domed rotunda, is dedicated to a special collection. The Museum is thus divided into Art (Kunst), Architecture (Architektur), Design (Design) and Works on Paper (Graphik).


Before the opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne, art of the 20th century was largely relegated to the Haus der Kunst, or occasional contemporary exhibits in the Lenbachhaus. Today, the Pinakothek unifies the "Sammlung Moderne Kunst" (National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts, which is under supervision of the Bavarian State Painting Collections), the "Staatliche Graphische Sammlung" (National Collection of Works on Paper), the "Neue Sammlung" ('New Collection': National Museum for Design and Applied Arts) with the "Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universität" (Munich Technical University's Museum of Architecture), in one building and is deemed one of the most important and popular museums of modern art in Europe. The Danner Foundation opened in 2004 a new permanent exhibition area in the basement for the permanent loans from the Danner Jewelry Collection which presents contemporary works from over one hundred international goldsmiths.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Pinakothek der Moderne" and modified on 10 February 2021 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


Initial construction (1996-2002)
Structural engineering
Checking engineering
Façade construction
Project management
Building physics
Façade engineering
Acoustic design
Lighting design
Object supervision

Relevant Web Sites

Relevant Publications

  • About this
    data sheet
  • Structure-ID
  • Published on:
  • Last updated on: