Urban Nation Museum

Urban Nation Museum
Urban Nation Museum
Urban Nation Museum
CulturalInstitutionalExhibition / StageAdaptive Reuse
Project type
Museum, exhibition space, refurbishment
Berlin, Germany
500m² exhibition space
Stiftung Berliner Leben

Aurelio Schrey, Nika Kramer, Tobias Hein

International Interior Design Award 2020

The Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art—or Urban Nation Museum for short—is the first museum for urban art in Germany and is housed in a former residential building in the Schöneberg district of Berlin.

Urban Nation Museum Berlin

GRAFT’s concept for the conversion of the building at the intersection of Bülowstrasse and Zietenstrasse envisaged turning the building itself into a work of art. This was achieved by constructing the facade from modular sections that serve as canvases for artists from around the world. These modular facade elements are frequently redesigned, replaced and subsequently added to the museum’s collection as works of art.

Urban Nation Museum
Urban Nation Museum

Entering the building reveals a radical and unexpected space: rooms branch off along different axes, over two or even three floors, creating a sense of height and depth. The anamorphic techniques of urban art permeate the realm of architecture, allowing them to enter new symbioses with each other.

Urban Nation

Urban Nation
Urban Nation Museum

The idea of the street finds continuation in the museum’s interior: the exhibition spaces are connected by an internal walkway—a High Line of sorts—making it possible to experience the different works of art up close and from afar.

The Urban Nation Museum also contains a library and twelve apartments for artists taking part in the Urban Nation artist residency program.

Urban Nation is an initiative of the Stiftung Berliner Leben, a foundation founded by the Gewobag housing association in 2013. Under the direction of Yasha Young, the museum has gained a reputation as a platform for urban art that attract artists and visitors from around the world.

Urban Nation Museum

Founding Partners
Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit
Project Lead
Anna Wittwer, Denis Hegic, Stefanie Götz
Project Team
Christine Huber, Felix Götze, Kudzai Magoche, Lidia Beltran Carlos, Louis Lefebvre, Mats Koppe, Primoz Strazar, Sebastian Gernhardt, Thomas Quisinsky