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As good as they say

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Berlin's Libeskind Jewish Museum is as extraordinary a building as the critics have claimed, overlaid with meaning and inspirations which leave you almost breathless with admiration. So does the attitude of Daniel and Nina Libeskind to the way they want the building to be used. There have been moves to surround it with a wall on security grounds, but the pair have vigorously resisted this on the grounds that to cut off the building from its Berlin surroundings would be (partly) to deny its meaning; inside some of the museum's spaces, you hear the traffic, local school and church bell, a deliberate piece of design. So far they have succeeded in resisting the wall.

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