Berlin’s new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is positioning itself as a cultural institution for the subversive set, featuring the work of more than 130 street artists including Shepard Fairey, Herakut, and 1010. That’s right, it’s a graffiti museum—the world’s largest graffiti museum.
Located in the city’s Schöneberg neighborhood, the five-story building was transformed from apartments into a museum by the Berlin-based architects Graft. The ground floor has large windows open to the street, and a series of double-height spaces criss-crossed by an elevated walkway on the second floor with additional gallery space above.
“The street is extended into the interior of the museum,” the architects write. “A high line connects the exhibition spaces and facilitates the simultaneous experience of the artwork—from far away and very close.”
But the building’s facade is perhaps its most interesting architectural feature. It’s made with a series of modular panels—covering more than 8,000 square feet in size—which will serve as a canvas for a rotating cast of commissioned artists. Once a facade work is done, it can be removed and archived, exhibited inside, or reassembled elsewhere.
Other than a handful of older “historical” pieces, the museum’s ambition is to display only work specifically created for itself and the building.