At a city centre location at a property on the corner of Wilhelmstrasse/Rheinstrasse, a house of culture is under construction – for art lovers from Wiesbaden, Germany and around the world.
The new Reinhard Ernst Museum will become part of a cultural axis that begins with the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and the Schlachthof Cultural Centre, includes the RheinMain CongressCenter, the Museum Wiesbaden, the NKV Centre for Contemporary Art and the House of Literature (Villa Clementine), the City Museum (sam), the Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal Art Association and the Caligari Movie Theatre as well as the State Theatre of Hesse and the Kurhaus. At the very centre of the state capital, a great variety of cultural impressions and experiences are only a few steps away from each other.
A light, friendly atmosphere greets visitors as they enter the Reinhard Ernst Museum. The entrance hall is dominated by a fully glazed, open-topped atrium, which provides plenty of natural light and extends across its entire height. The temporary exhibition area begins on the ground floor in a room that takes up two levels. On the entrance level there is also a space for children or young art lovers, the museum shop, a bistro and access to the events hall. The permanent exhibition is presented on the first and second floor. High ceilings and extensive walls provide sufficient space for the sometimes large-scale artworks. As such, the architecture always places itself in the service of the art and its viewers.
For the design of the museum, Reinhard Ernst was able to recruit one of the world’s leading architects – Fumihiko Maki. Ernst has been a friend of his for many years. Born in 1928, the Japanese has already received many awards for his work, including the Pritzker Prize – the internationally most prestigious accolade for architects. Fumihiko Maki has already designed numerous museums and several cultural buildings. But his residential and office buildings have also set the benchmark, such as the Spiral Building in Tokyo or the 4 World Trade Centre at Ground Zero in New York. Here are a few examples.
To implement his designs for the Reinhard Ernst Museum, Maki and his team are supported by the Frankfurt architecture firm of Schneider + Schumacher, which has also been involved in numerous architecture projects of international significance. Here are also a few examples.