In 2023 Hoskins Architects won a competition to design a new entrance for the listed Lindenau-Museum in Altenburg. The landmark art museum and integrated art school was opened in 1876 and is one of the "cultural beacons" of eastern Germany.
Hoskins Architects’ proposal for a new ground level for the museum draws on the museum’s social history, its physical context and the architectural principles of the neo-renaissance building. The distinct new volume respectfully adjoins and attentively adds a new layer to the historic museum. Formed in rammed earth, the symmetrical base grounds the existing building and houses a new foyer, shop and workshop. A single centrally located entrance, orientated towards the city, emphasises the original architectural concept to create a direct line from the everyday to the art experience, and provides a new accessible entrance for all museum visitors. Large, sculpted openings, based on the proportions of the historic building, frame views to the park and offer glimpses into the museum and art school. The park landscape extends to the new terrace, connecting the museum to its park setting.