Fotografiska Museum announced the expansion of its museum to three new locations in Berlin and Shanghai. The buildings will be housed in existing buildings designed by Herzog & De Meuron and Neri&Hu as well as Rockwell Group. The future Fotografiska venues are expected to be completed in 2022 and 2023. They include a former department store in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter and a 1946 factory building located in Miami. These locations will join the ones in Tallin, Stockholm, New York and Tallin to make the largest private art museum worldwide in terms of size, location and number of exhibitions.

Fotografiska Berlin by Herzog & De Meuron. Image © bloomimages

Fotografiska was founded in Stockholm in 2010. It is a well-known destination for photography art and cultural programming. In early 2021, it merged with NeueHouse and private work to create CultureWorks. The expansion continues the tradition of modern restorations of historic buildings. Fotografiska New York is located within the 1894 Renaissance Revival style Church Missions House. Fotografiska Tallin is located in an 1890s factory building. While the Stockholm museum is housed inside a former customs house dating back to 1906, the Stockholm museum is within an ex-customs house. Josh Wyatt (CEO of Fotografiska) describes this attitude as “It’s a real honor to call these remarkable landmarks dwellings of Fotografiska. We are humbled by having the opportunity to reimagine so important buildings.” 

Fotografiska Miami  by Rockwell Group. Image Courtesy of Fotografiska

Fotografiska Berlin will take over the 1908 landmark Jewish Quarter department store, Kunsthaus Tacheles. It was abandoned in the 1970s and was occupied in the 1990s by artists, which saved the structure from being demolished. Herzog & de Meuron will design a roof extension for the building. This will change the silhouette of the building and make it a “contemporary beacon”, as the Mitte district calls it. e Studio Aisslinger will carry out the interior renovation. This will include careful preservation of the building’s features and thoughtful incorporation the graffiti art that has been collected over the years.

Fotografiska Miami  by Rockwell Group. Image Courtesy of Fotografiska

The new Miami museum venue will be located in a 1946 warehouse in the Allapattah neighborhood’s contemporary art district. Rockwell Group’s design will give visitors the opportunity to create their own museum journeys across spaces of different scales and characters. A central courtyard will be featured in the project, which will be surrounded by perforated screens. It will also feature a planted trellis that acts as a place for interaction. Photographska Shanghai will be located in one the four historical warehouses along the waterfront of Suzhou Creek. These warehouses were built in the early 20th-century as reception centers for goods being brought into Shanghai. Neri&Hu will oversee the renovation of the historic buying with an architecture-informed design.

Fotografiska Shanghai by Neri&Hu. Image Courtesy of Fotografiska