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Jewish Museum Berlin Academy, Berlin, Germany 
Tuesday 11 May 2010
 
Design in a cube 
 
Courtesy of Daniel Libeskind - Rendering: bromsky 
 
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16/05/10 Kramer K, Berlin
The purported symbolism relies heavily on Libeskind's personal conciets (such as the architectural implications of two Hebrew letters which would probably go un-noticed to most observers), and highly dubious assumptions that rough timber will recall the ark (as opposed to recalling a discarded packing crate from the flower market that now exists on this site).

Intellectually challenged rubbish of this sort reduces Libeskind's design to the level of cheap manipulatioin intended to predispose observers to accepting meaning which is not actually there. It is why Libeskind's architecture is so much more suitable for Las Vegas where cheap symbolism is de riguer. It's inappropriate deployment for a Holocaust Museum reduces the tragedy to the level of a visual joke.
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13/05/10 Dividra, San Francisco
Same old same old cut and slash and tilt. This feeble joke is wearing thin and Libeskind is becoming a boring old man.
12/05/10 Pargdhi, New York
I suppose that pencil scribble allows Libeskind to pretend to himself that he's being a real architect. Ha Ha!! Dream on kiddo!
 

Editorial

Libeskind launches third project at Jewish Museum Berlin 

Daniel Libeskind revealed his design for the Jewish Museum Berlin Academy yesterday in Berlin, his third project for the museum. The New York City-based architect also designed the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Glass Courtyard, which is an extension to the original building.

The Jewish Museum Berlin plans to build a euro10 million ($12.7 million) academy on the site of the former 19th century Berlin Flower Market by using the existing hall. Located across from the Jewish Museum Berlin, a zinc-coated building, the renovated structure will bring the library, archives, educational and public programs under one roof and will offer additional office, storage and support spaces for the museum. Libeskind has designed a new entrance that keeps the hall structure to allow new cultural uses whilst preserving the option of future expansion. The project is expected to be completed in 2001

The academy will be integrated into the old museum building and the Libeskind-designed extension, which opened in September 2001. The academy design features a tilted cube that penetrates the outer wall of the hall creating a counterpart to the museum’s main entrance and the head of the extension building. The cube shape carries through the theme in the museum’s Garden of Exile as well as in the Glass Court.

Skylights in form of the Hebrew letters Alef and Bet refer to learning and to the functions of education, library and archive. The walls are clad with titan zinc plate panels. Visitors enter the academy through an opening in the entrance cube, which leads to the hall where two more cubes tilt toward each other. These cubes, clad with rough timber board that recall transportation boxes or the ark, contain the lecture hall and the library.

Between the three cubes there are various views into hall and its roof lights as well as onto the new piazza outside. These spaces, according to Libeskind, form the interface between the public functions of the academy and at the same time their visual connection to the Kollegienhaus and the extension building. Other rooms are located in functional one-storey structures along the exterior wall and in the basement. The unoccupied areas of the hall will be used as an interior garden.

“I am thrilled to be making another contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin”, said Libeskind. “The academy’s program will continue and enliven the JMB’s tradition of education and historical understanding and will further outreach to the community.”

Key Facts

Status Concept deisgn
Value 10(m€)
Studio Daniel Libeskind
www.daniel-libeskind.com

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