Museum of Modern Literature
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Located on top of a rock plateau overlooking the valley of the Neckar River, the museum displays artefacts from the extensive 20th century collection from the Archive for German Literature, notably the original manuscripts “The Trial” (Franz Kafka) and “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (Alfred Döblin). By using the steep slope of the site, terraces allow for the creation of very different spaces. A pavilion-like volume is located on the highest terrace, with the entrance to the museum. The interiors reveal themselves as one descends down through the loggia, foyer and staircase spaces, preparing the visitor for the dark timber-panelled exhibition galleries, illuminated only by artificial light due to fragility and sensitivity of the works on display. A clearly defined material concept using solid materials (fair-faced concrete, sandblasted reconstituted stone with limestone aggregate, limestone, wood, felt and glass) gives the calm, rational architectural language a sensual physical presence.