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Reconstruction of the New Museum Berlin - The Sacrifice Chambers of Merib and Metjen

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  • Federal Authority for Building and Regional Planning, Berlin

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In 2009, our company was assigned with a unique task to set new standards for complexity and level of accury. Commisioned by Prof. Dietrich Wilding and the Federal Authority for Building and Regional Planning, we were ordered to survey the sacrifice chambers of Merib and Metjen "exact to the stone" for the New Museum Berlin (Egyptian Museum & Papyrus Collection). Based on the concept developed by the museum and the restauration company 'am Oberbaum GmbH', the original stones were to be backed up by artificial stones and rebuild in the New Museum. In order to do so, several hundred stones had to be recorded without contact with an accuracy of 1/10 mm first. Afterwards, the were elaborately modelled in 3D, put together with highest precision. Thus, the chambers were reconstructed on a virtual level. In order to create a basis for the supporting artificial stones, the backward supplements had to be reconstructed seamlessly. Using CNC-milling, the casting moulds were shaped from the 3D-models for casting the supporting stones. 

The most important goal was, to insert the original stones into the artificial ones with highest care. Today, these chambers have been rebuild in the New Museum "stone by stone" and allow a glimpse of the monumentality of Egyptian grave constructions. Once built for high Egyptian state officials, the sacrifice chambers are now fully on display again for the first time in 70 years.

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Structured light scanner recording the relief tiles
Adjusting the single blocks
Complete wall adjusted
Reconstruction of backside blocks
Virtual reconstruction of the sacrifice chamber of Metjen
Part of the sacrifice chamber of Metjen

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