Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen, Denmark

Description

Located in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen, the Danish Jewish Museum is housed in a former 17th-century boathouse and library built by King Christian IV. Studio Libeskind designed the new interior space, while preserving the original building.

The museum differs from other European Jewish Museums because the Danish Jews were, by and large, saved from the Nazis by the efforts of their countrymen. This historical act of kindness or “mitzvah” is the guiding concept of the museum’s design and symbolized in its form, structure and light.

Studio Libeskind intertwined the historic vaulted brick structure with new exhibition spaces and displays. The juxtaposition of the contemporary creates a dynamic dialogue between the architecture of the past and of the future. Completed in 2003, the Danish Jewish Museum was recognized with an American Architect Award in 2005.