“I wanted to create a bold interruption, a fundamental dislocation, to penetrate the historic arsenal ....”
– Daniel Libeskind, 2011 ARCHITECTURE
Libeskind’s extension to Dresden’s Military History Museum (originally built in built in 1897 ) dramatically interrupts the building's symmetry, its massive, five-story 200-ton wedge of concrete and steel slicing through the center of the 135-year-old original structure.
Transformed from testament to Germany’s military might into BOTH a museum of German military history an anthropological consideration of the nature of violence and war and the human and societal impulses that give rise to them.
Inside the wedge a 99 foot viewing platform provides breathtaking views of the city as it is today while the wedge itself points in the opposite direction, toward the source of the bombs, creating a dramatic space for reflection.
The museum will be Germany’s largest museum, w/ exhibition area of roughly 20,000 square meters