The Old and the New

When rebuilding destroyed or decayed buildings, do we want to reconstruct the past or create new? This is an old debate. Reconstructing the buildings of the past serves to keep tradition alive and gives identity. Modern forms reflect the spirit and culture of the times.

Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it, too. Facing Munich’s Hofgarten is the Bavarian Staatskanzlei  (“State Chancellery”), housed in the former Army Museum. The Army Museum was seriously damaged in WWII and wasn’t reconstructed until 1990 – 3. Glass wings were added left and right to the original building. This was a controversial architectural solution. I thought it looked pretty good in the evening fog.

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