Cold water in the toilets is not enough

An energy debate is also approaching museums, theaters and opera houses. How to prepare for it – and how it could be better.

It remained a little unclear how seriously the suggestion that Klaus Biesenbach, the director of the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, just made at the “Long Night of the Museums ” was: He hopes that next winter “a lot of people will simply go to the Museums hibernate”. Turning the museums into warm rooms is likely to be difficult for security reasons alone. But Biesenbach seems to suspect that energy consumption could become a problem for the culture palaces, and not just because their electricity bills will increase. Running museums, opera houses and theatres, many of them in historical buildings, is energy-intensive. From the point of view of thermal insulation, for example, the New National Gallery, Mies van der Rohe’s cool temple of modernism with an all-glass facade, is sheer madness.

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