Berlin opening new addition to its Museum Island complex

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses outside of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Island, in Berl

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses outside of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Island, in Berl

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses for media in a hall of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Isl

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses for media in a hall of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Isl

A man walks to an entrance of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entranc

A man walks to an entrance of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entranc

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses for media in a hall of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Isl

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect David Chipperfield poses for media in a hall of the James-Simon-Galerie at the Museumsinsel, Museums Isl

Two people walk to an entrance of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central ent

Two people walk to an entrance of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central ent

A woman takes a photo of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entrance bui

A woman takes a photo of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entrance bui

The sun shines on the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entrance building f

The sun shines on the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entrance building f

The sun shines in the court of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entran

The sun shines in the court of the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The James-Simon-Galerie is the new central entran

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening a new addition to its Museum Island complex, a stylish building described by officials as a milestone in a long-term effort to renovate the neoclassical ensemble that is home to treasures such as Babylon's Ishtar Gate and a famous bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the James Simon Gallery was presented to reporters Wednesday and opens to the public Saturday. Built on a narrow riverside site with a colonnade stretching along the bank, it provides an imposing entrance to the UNESCO world heritage site.

The building includes exhibition space but is meant largely to make the museums more user-friendly, providing facilities such as a cafe, shop and auditorium that buildings such as the Pergamon Museum and Neues Museum lack.