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The Building

The »Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung« with its »Musikinstrumenten-Museum« was put up in accordance with designs by Hans Sharoun, a prominent architect and urban planner who died in 1972. The building’s construction was supervised by his partner Edgar Wisniewski, who had been involved in the conception from the beginning. Sharoun intended a complex which together with the adjacent Berlin Philharmonic Hall sets a »sounding antithesis« to the great structure of the »Staatsbibliothek« and the »Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut« - both institutions of the »Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz«.

The intended connection between the buildings becomes apparent in details of their front designs as well as in their interior designs. Sharoun had in mind the interplay of the sciences, musical activity and the presentation of historical musical instruments.