Olson Kundig Wins Competition to Design Jewish Museum Berlin’s Kindermuseum

The winning proposal entails a modern and interactive retelling of Noah’s Ark. Image courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects has been selected as the winner of Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation’s competition to design the new Kindermuseum for children. The competition concept entailed the recreation of Noah’s Ark.

Image courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

Olson Kundig offered a modern retelling of the story aiming to convey a sense of possibility for a modern audience. The winning proposal includes imaginative interactive installations as well as scientific components in the explanation of the flood.

“The design by Olson Kundig has the potential to unpack the biblical story in all its relevance, as well as building connections with the present day—rescuing people and animals, the relationship between nature and civilization, and the chance to make a new beginning," said Museum Director Peter Schäfer.

Image courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects.

The Kindermuseum will be housed within the Eric F. Ross Building. Built in the 1960s, the former wholesale flower market is defined by concrete and glass.

Construction on the new museum is expected to take place during 2018. The new design will debut the following year.