The museum lobby has the most dramatic interior design as walls are almost entirely glass, interrupted only with slim metal structural supports.
The building has had no modernization since its inauguration. When asked later to renovate and expand the building’s lower story, Mies refused, as to do so would destroy the perfect proportions of the temple above. He originally conceived of the entrance pavilion as a place for very large works, allowing for visual interaction and for use of the piece as space element in itself.
David Chipperfield was chosen for the renovation project, which is expected to be finished in 2020. His renovation of this modern building is based on archeological strategy. Around 30.000 pieces were removed, will be cleaned and bring back to the site.
At the 16th Docomomo Germany and 3rd RMB Conference in Berlin Chipperfield mentioned how important is the fabric in the process of the renovation. If for example “rebuilding the same building doesn’t include the fabric, also if we have the same bricks, we don’t save the heritage with its reconstruction” presented at his lecture.