Berlin opening new addition to its Museum Island complex

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

A man walks to an entrance of the James-Simon-Gale...

A man walks to an entrance of the James-Simon-Gale...

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

In this Monday, July 1, 2019 photo, architect Davi...

Two people walk to an entrance of the James-Simon-...

Two people walk to an entrance of the James-Simon-...

A woman takes a photo of the James-Simon-Galerie i...

A woman takes a photo of the James-Simon-Galerie i...

The sun shines on the James-Simon-Galerie in Berli...

The sun shines on the James-Simon-Galerie in Berli...

The sun shines in the court of the James-Simon-Gal...

The sun shines in the court of the James-Simon-Gal...

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.