Academy of the Jewish Museum in Eric F. Ross Building

Daniel Libeskind

This building, across the street from Libeskind's Jewish Museum, provides additional services and spaces for the museum: library, archive, auditorium, logistic rooms and visitors' room. The architect has transformed the old flower market hall and added a new entrance by thrusting an angled cube through the original facade. This is a much smaller version of the crystalline form extruded from the front of Dresden's Military History Museum (2011) or the huge multi-angled forms which comprise the entire structure of his extension to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (2007).

The Braun Guide describes the interior: "In the old building, two cubes slanting toward each other function as an auditorium and a library. These wood-clad volumes are reminiscent of over-dimensional floating boxes and also stand for the exhibits that have been transported here and for Noah's Ark" (333).

The entrance facade


Works Consulted or Quoted:
Rainer Haubrich et al. Berlin: The Architecture Guide. Braun Publishing, 2016. (German first edition, 2001)
Michael Imhof and Leon Krempel. Berlin. New Architecture: A Guide to the new Buildings from 1989 to today. Michael Imhof Verlag, 2012.

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