Internationally Berlin is well known for its miscellaneous offers in art and cultural activities. Operas, numerous theatres and stages, museums and collections, galleries, libraries, cinemas and many more cultural institutions provide an unique portfolio from the classic high culture to the living culture-off scene. The most famous and outside Germany well-known locations are "Museumsinsel" and "Kulturforum". As a consequence Berlin has established itself to the heart of contemporary art in the last years. By now, one of the most significant collections of contemporary art is "Sammlung Marzona", which can be viewed at several locations within Berlin. Because of the continuous growth of this private collection and the associated lack of space, a new building is required now - an archive, to be located at the "Kulturforum", in which the collection should takes place and which makes the artworks accessible to everyone. But this new building doesn-t have to be an archive in the conventional sense to fulfil the mentioned prerequisites. But what actually is an archive? What are the functions of conventional archives as we know it and how do they work? Has an archive for art collection to work as an conventional archive or can it also be combined with other object types and features? The location for this building is dominated by the German history whose traces are partially still legible today . The "Kulturforum" is perceived as unfinished monument, but why? Are there any plans for further development? The present diploma thesis deals with the mentioned and many more questions. It also deals with the study of the history of the different object types, art presentation and urban aspects. Finally, the findings of the researches were included in the conceptual planning for the build of the archive for "Sammlung Marzona".