Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany


Related people
Eric Haddenham (was created by)
Müller, Knippschild, Wehberg (was created by)
Daniel Libeskind (architect)
Date
1989;1999;2001
Description
Client: Land Berlin; Reinforced concrete with zinc facade; Building Cost: USD 40.05 million; Budget: USD 62.1 million (fully fitted and art installed); Structural Engineer: GSE Tragwerkplaner, Berlin; IGW Ingenieurgruppe Wiese, Berlin; Landscape Architect: Müller, Knippschild, Wehberg, Berlin "The garden is made up of 49 pillars, each six metres high. They are arranged in a square of seven rows of seven pillars. Seven is a significant number in Jewish history: the world was created in six days, and on the seventh day - the Sabbath - people should rest. The 49 pillars - conceived of as 48 plus 1 stones -refer to the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, and one for Berlin. Olive branches grow out of the pillar tops, and traditionally symbolize peace and hope in Jewish tradition. Menashe Kadishman's contribution to the Jewish Museum Berlin is the installation titled Shalechet (Fallen Leaves) in the Memory Void, one of the empty spaces of the Libeskind building. Over 10,000 open-mouthed faces coarsely cut from heavy, circular iron plates cover the floor." - www.jmberlin.de
Style/Period
1990s (1990 - 1999)
Source
Libby, B., D. Libeskind, M. Schwarzer, C. Wolf, & J. Young (2008). Daniel Libeskind and the Contemporary Jewish Museum: New Jewish Architecture from Berlin to San Francisco. New York: Rizzoli.