Discussion 12/08/08 Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind used the catastrophes the Jewish had   gone through and designed this museum. He read books about the suffering of the people in Berlin, Germany. The Jewish Museum exhibits  the social, political and cultural history of people that suffered from the 4th century until now.
1.  The architect described the museum as a  piece of art on its own, he said that the museum did not need  fotographs, paintings, or even drawing  show what this race of people suffered.  He wanted people to experince it  while walking trough it.
The outside he mentioned was har to get done but  what he wanted to be shown were the cuts, stiches, scars, left  on the jewish race.
2. I think he sees the world as place to speak your mind, stand for what is right  or in this case what  was done wrong. He  created a building that  made people  imagine the pain they went through. He designed this based on emotions, on this group of people’s  experience.
3. I would say he used lots of rectangles and triangles to creat a sharper look to the building. the way he uses shapes, makes them look as if they are in movement, ready for battle. The building is made out of metal, a material that  is strong  and sharp. The forms look like they attacking  those that walk near .
4.The architect is an artist in the sense of creating  something that  people can connect to  and the architect  allows people to expereince  it. Libeskind  designed the  Garden of Exhile so that those that went to the museum got to experience what a jew had to a while back. In this Garden there is only one way out and that is by going back into the underground building in which you came from, leaving you no room to escape. H e designed  the inside to feel as if everywhere you went something was about to attack you.
5. Libeskind  built the building  close to other buildings creating that sense of rage of a race trying to fight back but to weak and small to overcoem such power. The buildings right next to it seem as almost  closing in and trying to block the lightening. The sun light bounces off the heavy metal and goes through the cuts and  window stiches, to bring hope into a not so fortunate race.
6. The pattern that sticks out the most to me are the strips of metal cuts into the building. Libeskind uses them very well to emphasize the pain that goes on and on; sometimes never heals. Looking from the top you see two broken lines as if two broken hopes. The lines represent two catastrophes in the Jewish race.
8. The idea, of pain, having to  defend, break out and escape.  Also the idea that the building only has one main passage and that the two other ones come to an end, demonstrates the life of many Jewish families. Some went through the the passage completley and survived others did not even make it half way.
9. Scale and Proportion play a huge factor in this building. The outside is huge in size to demonstrate the big affect this  holocaust has had on the Jewish  race. Inside the building the architect decided to have every room closed in  so that  people would feel imprisioned, suffocated, and scared. There are no electrical lighting , instead the architect only used  natural light coming form tiny windows that were always hidden from eye sight.









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