Roof garden and light towers of the Bundeskunsthalle


A Bonn Landmark

The striking building on the erstwhile ‘diplomatic racetrack’ was designed by the Viennese architect Gustav Peichl. It was the serene poetic character of his design that tipped the scales in his favour and singled it out among the thirty-five entries submitted to the jury of the initial ideas competition. The jury protocol of October 1986 states: ‘Both in terms of function and design, the revised concept seeks to reflect the democracy at the heart of Europe in the new building of the Federal Kunsthalle. The well-conceived, fully functional internal space and the poetic character of the exterior imbue the building with a highly distinctive physiognomy. (…) Clad in stone and copper sheeting, the eye-catching, individually designed light spires signal the cultural and artistic content of the building.’ The three iconic cones – now resplendent in bright blue majolica tiles – quickly came to be seen not just as the emblem of the new kunsthalle, but as an instantly recognisable landmark of the city of Bonn.
The building provides a differentiated and versatile system of small, medium and large rooms with a total of 5,600 square metres that can be lit with daylight and artificial light. The configuration of the galleries meets practically every requirement a curator might have, allowing for large-scale exhibitions as well as for more intimate cabinet presentations. The landscaped roof garden – Peichl referred to it as the ‘fifth façade’ – serves as a public space for sculpture and garden exhibitions and adds another 8,000 square metres to the exhibition space available.

Architektonische Daten

Grundfläche 96 x 96 m
Bruttogeschoßfläche 32 033 m²
Bruttorauminhalt 156 833 m³
Gesamtausstellungsfläche 5610 m²
Dachgarten 8000 m²
Gebäudehöhe 12 m
Höhe der Dachebene 10 m
Höhe der Lichttürme 25, 20, 16 m (ab Rohdecke)
Gesamthöhe einschließlich der Lichttürme 35 m
Fassadenverkleidung Kalkstein (Untersberger hell)
Säulen Cor-Ten-Stahl
Forum 934 m²
Fernsehstudio 62 m²
Versammlungs- und Mehrzweckräume 740 m²
Lager- und Depoträume 1925 m²
Werkstätten 887 m²
Verwaltung u. Personal 1054 m²
Foyer 914 m²
Café-Restaurant 275 m²

Große Halle
Grundfläche 1304 m²
Deckenhöhe 9,15 m

Atriumhalle Grundfläche 1626 m²
Deckenhöhe 4,30 m

Ostgalerie Grundfläche 437 m² / 35,3 m²
Deckenhöhe 4,30 m

Südgalerie Grundfläche 284 m²
Deckenhöhe 4,30 m


Atrium-Halle Grundfläche 1340 m²
Deckenhöhe 3,60 m

Süd-Kabinett Grundfläche 295,2 m²
Deckenhöhe 3,60 m²

Zentral-Kabinett Grundfläche 289 m²
Deckenhöhe 3,60 m²

Grundfläche 9216 m²
Ausstellungsfläche 5600 m²
Lichtturm A Höhe 25 m
Lichtturm B Höhe 20 m
Lichtturm C Höhe 16 m


Kunst- und Ausstellungs halle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland - Bonn
in der Reihe "Neue Architekturführer" des Stadtwandel Verlages, Bd. 63
32 Seiten, geheftet
Format 11 x 16 cm
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