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Libeskind completes redesign of Dresden Museum of Military History

Daniel Libeskind’s has completed the redesign of the Dresden Museum of Military History which officially opens this Friday (14 October)

The competition-winning scheme features a huge, five-storey 140-ton wedge of glass, concrete and steel, which cuts through the 135-year-old former arsenal buidling to create Germany’s largest museum. 

At the top of the addition is a 98-foot high viewing platform.

The dramatic extension is a symbol of the resurrection of Dresden from its ashes

According to the architect the new façade’s ‘openness and transparency contrasts with the opacity and rigidity of the existing building’.

Daniel Libeskind said: ‘It was not my intention to preserve the museum’s facade and just add an invisible extension in the back. I wanted to create a bold interruption, a fundamental dislocation, to penetrate the historic arsenal and create a new experience.

‘The architecture will engage the public in the deepest issue of how organized violence and how military history and the fate of the city are intertwined.’

He added: ‘The dramatic extension is a symbol of the resurrection of Dresden from its ashes. It is about the juxtaposition of tradition and innovation, of the new and the old. Dresden is a city that has been fundamentally altered; the events of the past are not just a footnote; they are central to the transformation of the city today.’

See images, plans and more of Daniel Libeskind Imperial War Museum in Salford in the AJBL.

Daniel Libeskind's redesigned Dresden Museum of Military History

Daniel Libeskind’s redesigned Dresden Museum of Military History

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  • Yet another formulaic Crystal from Libeskind. It would be nice if he bothered to think about his projects for even one or two minutes before he scribbled the usual drivel that informs all of his feeble work.

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