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Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin

In 1987, the Berlin government organized an anonymous competition for an expansion to the original Jewish Museum in Berlin that opened in 1933.  The program wished to bring a Jewish presence back to Berlin after WWII.  In 1988, Daniel Libeskind was chosen as the winner among several other internationally renowned architects; his design was the only project that implemented a radical, formal design as a conceptually expressive tool to represent the Jewish lifestyle before, during, and after the Holocaust.

For Libeskind, the extension to the Jewish Museum was much more than a competition/commission; it was about establishing and securing an identity within Berlin, which was lost during WWII.  Conceptually, Libeskind wanted to express feelings of absence, emptiness, and invisibility – expressions of disappearance of the Jewish Culture. 

The project begins to take its form from an abstracted Jewish Star of David that is stretched around the site and its context. The form is established through a process of connecting lines between locations of historical events that provide structure for the building resulting in a literal extrusion of those lines into a “zig-zag” building form.

Sivakumar Thangavelu (Youtube)

Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin
Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin