On Thursday we visited Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum opened in 2001. It’s contains a permanent exhibition of the comprehensive German/Jewish history, as well as facilitating temporary exhibitions and library archives. The museum is essentially reinforced concrete construction with a zinc façade. The circulation into the building is through the basement leading to 3 major axes. The first is the “Axis of Continuity” which leads to both the “Garden of Exile” and the “Holocaust Tower”. You enter the 3rd floor main exhibition space via a processional stair from the “Axis of Continuity”. This permanent exhibit flows through the angular geometry of the building. The irregular window typology is designed to point in the directional of notable Jewish residences around the city, while the skylights service the office spaces on the top floor.
I felt the “Memory Void”, “Holocaust Tower” and the “Garden of Exile” were very successful spaces of contemplation. The movement through the building depicted the progress of time through history very well. All in all a very powerful architectural experience.