Museum Island gets new reception

Berlin's landmark collection of museums will get a new reception building in 2019.

Museum Island gets new reception
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Berlin (dpa) - Berlin's landmark collection of museums located between two channels of the river Spree and therefore known as Museum Island is to get a new reception building in 2019.

"Since the topping-out ceremony in 2016, construction has progressed continuously. We are completely within the timeframe and budget set at the time," the president of the Federal Office for Building and Urban Development, Petra Wesseler, said during a site visit on Thursday.

The building, called the James Simon Gallery and designed by star architect David Chipperfield, is expected to house services for all five museums on the island.

This includes central ticket sales, a cafe, cloakrooms and a gift shop.

The building has also been designed to include a 300-seater auditorium and a 700-square-metre space for exhibitions.

Earlier delays in construction pushed the original cost up from 71 million to 134 million euros (85 million-160 million dollars).