Case Study 123 Jewish Museum Berlin 1999

Architect: Daniel Libeskind

Figure 12.3a Looking up the stair

The Jewish Museum is a symbolic building, designed to represent the history of the Jews and the Holocaust. The stair is likewise symbolic as it rises from the basement entrance of the old Berlin Museum up between two walls with doors off each landing to the various exhibition spaces on each floor. As the visitor rises towards the light with a feeling of hope, the stair terminates abruptly and a few steps above the top the path is terminated by a blank wall. Turning back, the frustration of entrapment is created by the criss-cross of beams that bar the way. There was no escape from the concentration camp.

Figure 12.3b Looking back

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