Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany Completed

The Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in 2001, exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the fourth century to the present, explicitly presenting and integrating, for the first time in postwar Germany, the repercussions of the Holocaust. The new building is housed next to the site of the original Prussian Court of Justice building which was completed in 1735 now serves as the entrance to the new building. Daniel Libeskind’s design, which was created a year before the Berlin Wall came down, was based on three insights:  it is impossible to…

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Kurdistan Museum

Erbil, Iraq In design

The Kurdistan Museum will be the first major institution to present the Kurds’ national heritage to the world. In collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government (the KRG) and client representative RWF World, the team has embarked on a visionary project to share the story of the Kurdish people and inspire an open dialogue for future generations within Kurdistan. “The museum aims to convey the spirit of the Kurdish people, their rich culture and the future of Kurdistan,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “The design had to navigate between two extreme emotions: sadness and tragedy, through the weight of history, and of joy and…

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Names Monument

Amsterdam, Netherlands In design

Situated along the Weesperstraat, an important axis within the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Names monument is adjacent to the Hermitage Museum, East of the Diaconie’s verdant Hoftuin garden and café, just a stone’s throw from the Amstel River and in close proximity to important Jewish cultural institutions such as the Jewish Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue . The 1,550 square meter monument incorporates four volumes that represent the letters in the Hebrew word לזכר meaning “In Memory of”. The volumes are arranged in a rectilinear configuration on the north-south axis of the main thoroughfare Weesperstraat and the Hoftuin pavilion…

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Modern Art Center Vilnius

Vilnius, Lithuania Under construction

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius will be dedicated to the exploration of works created from 1960 to present by Lithuanian artists. The collection, belonging to Viktoras Butkus and Danguole Butkiene, co-founders of the non-profit Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius, contains more than 4,000 works including paintings: Vincas Kisarauskas “Falling Broken Man” 1965; Arvydas Saltenis “Woman” 1972; and Kostas Dereskevicius “Mailboxes” 1987; photographs by Antanas Sutkus “J. P. Sartre ir S. de Beauvoir in Lithuania”; video by Deimantas Narkevicius “The Dud Effect”. Surrounded by a new public piazza located steps away from the historic medieval city, the 3,100 square-meter museum stands…

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Vanke Pavilion

Milan, Italy Completed

The corporate pavilion for Vanke China explores key issues related to the theme of the Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The concept for the Vanke Pavilion incorporates three ideas drawn from Chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang, a traditional Chinese dining hall; the landscape, the fundamental element to life; and the dragon, which is metaphorically related to farming and sustenance. All three of these concepts are incorporated in the Vanke Pavilion’s exhibition, architecture and program. Situated on the southeast edge of the Lake Arena, the 800-square meter pavilion appears to rise from the east, forming a dynamic,…

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Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto, Canada Completed

The extension to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), now named the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, is situated at one of the most prominent intersections in downtown central Toronto.  It is the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year. Its new name is derived from the building’s five intersecting metal-clad volumes, which are reminiscent of crystals—inspired by the crystalline forms in the ROM’s mineralogy galleries. Libeskind created a structure of organically interlocking prismatic forms turning this important corner of Toronto, and the entire museum complex, into a luminous beacon. With the expansion, a new group entrance…

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The Wings

Milan, Italy Completed

Situated in the heart of the Milan Expo in the Piazza Italia, four 10 meter-high (33 ft.) shimmering tree-like sculptures anchored the four corners of the central square in Milan, Italy. Conceived as gates each structure’s dynamic form spiral out of the ground and spread into two branches spanning 10 meters over the square. Crafted out of brushed aluminium and fitted with innovative LED technology, the Wings animated the public space with a constant flow of pulsating patterns and imagery related to the theme of the Expo: health, energy, sustainability and technology. London-based media agency Innovision provided the creative content for the display…

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Ogden Center for Fundamental Physics at Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom Completed

Durham University commissioned Studio Libeskind to create a new university building to accommodate their expanding student body and staff, as well as to house a new research facility for the study of fundamental physics. The Ogden Centre provides seventy-two new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC)  the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). Light and openness is at the core of the design for the Ogden Centre. A spiral in plan, the Centre appears to be two stacked forms clad in…

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National Holocaust Monument

Ottawa, Canada Completed

The National Holocaust Monument, established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada, will ensure a permanent, national symbol that will honor and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and recognize Canadian survivors. The Monument stands on a .79 acre site at the intersection of Wellington and Booth Streets within the historic LeBreton Flats in Ottawa, symbolically located across from the Canadian War Museum. The Monument will honor the millions of innocent men, women and children who were murdered under the Nazi regime and recognize those survivors who were able to eventually make Canada their home. The…

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Centre De Congrès à Mons

Mons, Belgium Completed

Studio Libeskind completed this innovative convention center in time for the advent of cultural and diplomatic activities in 2015, when this small medieval town metamorphosizes into the European Capital of Culture. The City of Mons conceived of Congres Centre as a new architectural landmark, a key element in a plan for economic revitalization, and as a connector between the old and the new.  From the light- steel viewing platform at the top, a visitor can spy the 17th-century Beffroi tower, a UNESCO Heritage Site of Belgium, in the historic center of town, and a new train station designed by Santiago Calatrava…

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Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum

Wuhan, China Under construction

Located in the steelmaking capital of eastern China,The Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum, was designed to balance three narrative themes within an integrated building and landscape. The three themes, each of which have a dedicated floor, are: the life of Zhang Zhidong, a 19th-century leader in government who inspired the movement towards modernization that established the steel industry in Wuhan; the steel industry; and the history of the city of Wuhan. At the turn of the 20th century, all the railroads in China converged in Wuhan, connecting the city to all the provinces, and in 1911, the Xinhai Revolution…

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Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building

Denver, Colorado, USA Completed

Studio Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum is the Studio’s first building to reach completion in the USA.  Silhouetted against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Libeskind’s design consists of a series of geometric volumes inspired by the peaks and valleys of the mountain range.  A sharply angled cantilevered section juts across the street, pointing towards the existing Museum by Milanese architect Gio Ponti, which first opened in 1971. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, as the 146,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum extension is named, is clad in an innovative new surface with 9,000 titanium panels that cover the building’s surface…

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Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück, Germany Completed

Dedicated to the oeuvre of a Jewish artist put to death at Auschwitz, the Felix Nussbaum Museum is an extension to the Cultural History Museum in Osnabrück, Germany, where Felix Nussbaum was born in 1904. As well as displaying paintings created by Nussbaum, the museum presents changing exhibitions focusing on the themes of racism and intolerance. With sudden breaks in its pathways, unpredictable intersections, claustrophobic spaces, and dead ends, the structure of the building reflects the Nussbaum’s predicament as a Jewish painter in German before WWII.  Visitors enter by a tall and narrow central corridor, whose concrete exterior is a…

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco, California, USA Completed

Studio Libeskind designed this new museum in the heart of downtown San Francisco as an ode to dialogue, inserting its angled, glowing blue steel-clad structure within the historic red brick power plant from the 19th century. Studio Libeskind based the design of the building on the two Hebrew letters spelling “L’Chaim,” which means “To Life.” Following the Jewish tradition, according to which letters are not mere signs, but substantial participants in the story they create, the ‘chet’ provides an overall continuity for the exhibition and educational spaces, and the ‘yud,’ with its 36 windows, serves as special exhibition, performance and…

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The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre

Hong Kong, China Completed

An elegant, low-tech design placed at the service of high-tech invention. This nine-story crystalline building is designed to accommodate a range of flexible environments for research and experimentation. Each space, whether self-contained or open, is unique. The dramatic central stair spirals upward with irregular twists and curves creating unexpected gathering spaces. Asymmetrical windows cut into the walls of lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs allowing for natural light to fill even the inner-most rooms of the Center. Interactive spaces flow in and around the sound stages, recording studios, screening rooms, exhibit and performance spaces, multipurpose theater, and other areas. More…

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London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre

London, United Kingdom Completed

The 10,000 sq. ft. Graduate Student Centre for the London Metropolitan University is an addition to the bustling block on London’s Holloway Road. Composed of three intersecting volumes, clad with embossed stainless steel panels for a shining and ever-changing surface, the Graduate Center houses a lecture theater, seminar rooms, staff offices and a café for the university’s graduate students. The interiors are filled with natural light by way of large windows of geometrical cuts and slashes. The Centre serves not only as a facility to enhance the staff and student experience, but acts as a major gateway to the University…

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Military History Museum

Dresden, Germany Completed

Now the official museum of the German Armed Forces, the Dresden Museum of Military History was once shut down by a German government uncertain of how the institution would fit into a newly unified German state.  Studio Libeskind was selected as design architect for an extension in 2001, when an architectural competition was held. The winning design boldly interrupts the original building’s classical symmetry. The extension, a massive, five-story 14,500-ton wedge of glass, concrete, and steel, cuts into and through the former arsenal’s classical order. An 82-foot high viewing platform (the highest point of the wedge is at 98 feet)…

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Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen, Denmark Completed

Located in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen in Denmark, 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…

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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Grand Canal Commercial Development

Dublin, Ireland Completed

Located on the Dublin waterfront, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, formerly the Grand Canal Theatre, is a 2,000-seat theater at the heart of a multi-use complex conceived for by the City of Dublin as part of a plan to revitalize its docklands.  Studio Daniel Libeskind completed the theatre in 2010 and an office complex called the Grand Canal Harbour development a year later. The theater overlooks a public plaza designed by Martha Schwartz Associates.  Like a grand outdoor lobby, the plaza invites the public to view the soaring glass façade of the theater much like a glass curtain, which tilts back…

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Imperial War Museum North

Manchester, United Kingdom Completed

The Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) in Manchester, England, tells the story of how war has affected the lives of British and the Commonwealth citizens since 1914. The design concept is a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled. The interlocking of three of these fragments—representing earth, air, and water—comprise the building’s form. The Earth Shard forms the museum space, signifying the open, earthly realm of conflict and war; the Air Shard serves as a dramatic entry into the museum, with its projected images, observatories and education spaces; and the Water Shard forms the platform for viewing the canal, complete…

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The Wohl Centre

Ramat-Gan, Israel Completed

In this major expansion to the Bar-Ilan University Campus in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Studio Libeskind gives visual form to the concept of `voices’ and `echoes’ as symbols of Bar-Ilan’s essential quality—respect for the secular and the sacred. The building is made up of an “open book” perched on top of two horizontal walls like the spine of a book.  The book-like form holds a 1000-seat auditorium, which is acoustically suitable for musical performances and lectures.  The auditorium lighting on the ceiling is a labyrinth of Hebrew letters.  The interior spaces are bright and clean spaces.  Flexible ground level rooms hold seminar…

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Outside Line

Uozu, Japan Completed

Outside Line, an installation situated in the Sports Park near the city of Uozu, Japan, was proposed as a place to contemplate the relationship between man and nature. The project was inspired by the search for a contemporary understanding of space and light, and its design was informed by a precisely determined web of conceptual, topographical relationships between objects and space, eye and mind. A red line orients itself upon an imaginary axis connecting the descending history of the Buried Forest Museum and the ascending horizon of the Tateyama mountain range.  This line creates special, ever-changing qualities of light and…

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Tampere Central Deck and Arena

Tampere, Finland In design

Central Deck and Arena project in Tampere, Finland is an urban scale development on top of existing railway tracks in the heart of the city.  The mixed-use program includes a multi-purpose ice hockey arena, four office blocks topped by residential towers and a hotel with residential condominiums on top. The arena, which occupies one fifth of the complex, has the capacity to accommodate 11,000 fans. With its shopping arcade, bars and restaurant at deck level, the arena redefines its pivotal function as a hub for diverse urban activities. There is a total of approximately 60,000 m2 of mixed-use program area…

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Studio Weil

Mallorca, Spain Completed

Studio Weil is a painting and sculpture studio designed and built for the American painter and sculptor Barbara Weil overlooking the sea in Port d’Andratx in Mallorca, Spain.  Daniel Libeskind worked closely with Ms. Weil to create a building that not only responds to the surrounding landscape, but also forms a space which complements and contrasts the artist’s work. The building houses exhibition spaces, working quarters and a dramatic landscaped garden. The studio takes the form of a concrete arc that is cut through with a pair of stairs: one leading up to a roof deck with spectacular views of…

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V&A Museum Extension competition

London, England Completed

The proposed and unbuilt extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum consists of a Spiral sited amidst three grade A listed historical buildings, all of which programmatically must be linked to the new Museum building. The Spiral serves as a striking second entrance to the Museum complex as well as housing the 21st Century Gallery spaces, extensive education facilities and demonstration areas for the decorative arts and crafts. The use of video presentations, multimedia stations and conventional areas for traditional artifacts are seamlessly provided within the space of the innovative Spiral. The design calls for the alteration of existing interiors penetrated…

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Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the Eric F. Ross building

Berlin, Germany Completed

This one-floor 25,000-square-foot academy is located across the street from the Jewish Museum Berlin, on the site of the historic Blumengrossmarkt (flower market) in Berlin, Germany.  Here, the Jewish Museum Berlin offers public programs in a space that includes a library as well as offices, archives, and support spaces.  Within the building, there is a Garden of the Diaspora, filled with plants and shrubs from all around the world. The Academy is integrated into the ensemble of the Kollegienhaus and the Jewish Museum Berlin. A tilted cube penetrates the outer wall of the hall, creating a counterpart to the main…

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Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Padua, Italy Completed

The Memoria e Luce is a memorial located in Padua, Italy for victims of the 9/11 attacks on New York City.  A twisted steel beam salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, which was donated by the United States to the Veneto Region and in turn to the City of Padua, was used to realize the design of an open and luminous book. The memorial was created with the support and collaboration of Permasteelisa.

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Glass Courtyard, Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany Completed

This 7,000 square foot addition to the Jewish Museum in Berlin is located in the courtyard of the historical building, “Kollegienhaus”, which was built in 1735. The museum needed a multifunctional space that would provide additional room for the museum’s restaurant and extend the lobby to provide event space for lectures, concerts, and dinners. The distinctive architecture of the addition creates a space that can be used throughout the year while preserving the courtyard qualities of the baroque building.  Within the columns supporting the roof, there is a sophisticated sound system and within the enclosure itself, a stage rises from…

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Extension to the Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück, Germany Completed

Daniel Libeskind was invited to return to the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, his first completed project, to design an extension 13 years after the museum’s opening. Attached to the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum and connected to the Felix Nussbaum Haus by a glass bridge, the new building transforms the existing buildings into a cohesive complex by acting as a gateway.  As a part of the transformation, an entrance hall with a museum shop and learning center has been added, and the lower floor of the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum redesigned to include a flexible lecture hall and event space, caterings facilities, cloakrooms…

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Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

Columbus, Ohio, USA Completed

This outdoor memorial in Columbus, Ohio was conceived to keep alive the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust and the American soldiers who liberated those in concentration camps.  Studio Libeskind’s design encourages the contemplation of ideas and values that cut across generations, ethnic identity, and creed. Approaching from the Statehouse, the visitor walks on a limestone walkway between inclined, graduated stone walls and two stone benches towards a pair of large 18-ft-high bronze panels.  Embossed with a story told by a survivor of Auschwitz, the panels are also irregularly angled at their inner edges.  The…

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