artnet News | Henri Neuendorf:
The estimated cost of renovation and expansion of Berlin’s Pergamon Museum has almost doubled to €477 million ($526 million) above the initial estimate of €261 million ($288 million) due to unforeseen construction complications. Meanwhile, the date of completion has been pushed back four years, to 2023.
The reason for the enormous miscalculation is the discovery of a massive underground concrete caisson which was used to pump away water to allow for the steel foundations to be laid during the building’s initial construction between 1910 and 1930. The solid concrete structure should have been torn down after the foundations were put in place, but it wasn’t… Read more
Image: Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons