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Dresden Museum of Military History, Dresden, Germany

Friday 14 Oct 2011

The latest Shard of Glass

Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany
Copyright Bitter Bredt Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind 
Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany Dresden Museum of Military History by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Dresden, Germany
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20/03/12 Rahman, Bethlehem
Libeskind is disgusting. He really is the world's worst, most over-rated designer. (I do not consider him to be an architect, per se.)
23/10/11 honorata, ottawa
Was this design meant to visualize the brutality, thoughtlessness and destructiveness ? - if so, it is a resounding success on all counts.
23/10/11 Patrick O'Connor, Dublin
What a crude and insensitive design proposal applied to a very beautiful building! The proposal is typical of the attention-seeking nature of Libeskind's approach to design which generally ignores context and appropriateness. It is a pity because I believe he is capable of doing better design and has done so in the past. I do admire his design for the Grand Canal Theatre in my own city of Dublin, which is a great success. It may be that is says more about the clients that allow Libeskind to pursue such ill-conceived design as in the Dresden Museum of Military History. Mr. Libeskind should be asked to rethink this one before proceeding further.
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21/10/11 Miriam Faibish, Toronto Ont.
I watched the Crystal building in Toronto develop. I gave myself 5 years to decide how I felt about its imposition on the Royal Ontario Museum and on the area and environment. When I walk now on the street leading to the Crystal I weep.
Please Daniel Liebskind. Leave the old buildings alone. Design and develop new ones - we are always interested in and fascinated by what architects conceive.
I feel shame and sadness when I see what has happened to the Dresden Museum of Military History.
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21/10/11 Lydia, Windhoek
I think you are all overreacting. The original building is neo-classical and as such a rather ordinary copy of a previous copy of a previous copy. Most people would pass it by as another boring museum. Now it will be noticed and visited. Perhaps the utter senselessness of war will will be questioned by a few more people.
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20/10/11 Tom, Beijing
the staircase still under construction? LOL

if you give Libeskind a historic building to do an extension
thats all he can - "hammering a broken piece of glass or steel into it"

sad for the classical building
but ok - war is destruction - so...
19/10/11 Philip, Te Awamutu NZ
I heartily endorse Rachel of Berlin's comments. How could any Planner or client accept this destruction of a beautiful building? Ther are so many ways of sensitively extending an historic building such as this.
19/10/11 BF, Toronto
Libeskind's rationalization for his destruction of a world class facade is embarrassing, but yet again he is a "master" at selling "his" brand to Client's around the world. I have visted his Military Museum in Manchester and it was thoughtfully done, but he did not have to contend with an existing structure, that is when he is at his best. The ROM in Toronto is another embarrassing destruction of a classical museum building, that, by the way still leaks.
It would be nice if Libeskind could produce architecture that is a little less jarring to the senses!
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19/10/11 S.Auerbach, F.A.I.A., CHEVY CHASE, MD.
What What beats me as an architect is: how dare the OWNERS of this wonderful old building even allow any architect bifurcate their wonderful antique structure. Anyone in the know should anticipate Libeskind's self-aggrandizing, self ttantilizing "design" ! Shame on them as well as their "architect". (Or should I say ""set designer"?
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19/10/11 Iva, sydney
harsh impacting, looks like a part of a fallen pyramid, not sypathetic to it's
surroundings, an eyesore really...

Libeskind’s modern addition to Dresden Museum of Military History opens today 

Dresden, a fairly small city near the German/Czech boarder, is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony and the proud owner of Daniel Libeskind’s latest creation. In a community flush with baroque and rococo architecture, Libeskind’s shard of glass, concrete and steel which penetrates the Dresden Museum of Military History suggests a new architectural direction for the historical city.

First formed in 1897 as a Saxon armory and museum, the magnificent Dresden Museum of Military History has adapted to a range of themes since opening, acting as a Nazi museum, a Soviet museum and an East German museum, reflecting the region's shifting political and social position over the last 135 years.

Of his jarring concept Libeskind explains: “It was not my intention to preserve the museum’s façade and just add an invisible extension in the back. I wanted to create a bold interruption, a fundamental dislocation, to penetrate the historic arsenal and create a new experience. The architecture will engage the public in the deepest issue of how organised violence and how military history and the fate of the city are intertwined.”

The silver projection bursts from the centre of the traditional building, creating a five storey, 140 tonne volume and offering a 98ft high viewing platform which overlooks the evolving city. Internally the exhibition space of the entire building is now 21,000 sq ft, making it the largest museum in Germany.

Behind Libeskind’s daring architectural concept is an underlying intention to alter the public’s perception of war. A combination of the abstract architecture and the internal exhibitions challenge visitors to the museum to consider the idea of war and violence from an anthropological direction, examining ‘the fears, hopes, passions, memories, motivations and instances of courage, rationality and aggression that have precipitated violence and, all too often, war’.

Click here to view an enlightening film interview with Daniel Libeskind conducted by Peter Murray at a past WAN event.

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