The Exhibition Hall of Ieoh Ming Pei


Ieoh Ming Pei (1917–2019) is one of the foremost contemporary architects. As a student of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, he took over the austere objectivity of the Bauhaus architecture in his works, while further developing it in his own aesthetic style. His museum buildings in particular have achieved world renown, including the pyramid and the new entranceway to the Louvre in Paris.  

The Pei building for the German Historical Museum was opened in 2003 and is Pei’s first work in Germany. Transparency, light and movement are the architectonic programme for this building. A building-high, glassed-in foyer unites the triangular structure architectonically with the Zeughaus.  

Designed to house temporary exhibitions, the building has four different levels and is connected with the Zeughaus by an underground passageway. The levels offer visitors new and surprising views. Sight lines provide an architectonic correspondence between past and present.

An illuminated attraction when it’s dark, by day the glass wall reflects the historical façades of the surrounding buildings and reveals a view of the visitors as they make their way through the house.  

PEI building