Archive for December, 2008

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December 14, 2008

On Monday we watched a film on the three architects, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Daniel Libeskind. Out of the three architects, I thought Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin was the most interesting and has a meaningful thought behind. When they first show the inside of the building, I had the feeling of fear since the building is so dark. Afterall the building has a hidden history of German Jewish of what the Jews had gone through.  The building was open to public in the year 2001. It has the shape of a zigzag and the main building is cover by a thin layer of  zinc. Libeskind uses term such as “voids”, an empty space, which connects the old building to the new building. There are five voids and one of the five void floor is cover by “Shaleche” (fallen leaves). The shaleche represents ashes. The buidling has three axis, continuity, exile, and dead end. The two other axis crosses the continuity axis. The axis of continuity is the longest axis of the three and opens to a staircase, which the stairs are from the basement to third floor. When one walks on the staircase, it gives the person an idea of the path is difficult to walk but one has to continue moving. The axis of exile leads outside to Garden of Exile, which the garden is like a dead end. The exile is like a lost of reference point and the only way out is going back the way you came. The garden has 49 column and the wall is tilted. The axis of the holocaust is a dead end, which the path gets narrower and darker as one move on. The axis leads to a black door that leads to the Holocaust Tower. The only light in the Holocaust Tower is a single narrow slit high above in the roof. The three axis represents the three realities the Jewish experience in Germany.

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December 6, 2008

This week we have went to the library to watch a film. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius. I think the building is very interesting, since it is build with glass walls. It is interesting how he borrow the idea of assembly line and builds the building in a year. It is very creative of him to build small balcony in the student housing, so students can easier talk to friends on the balcony or arrange to meet at places. It is also interesting how the building stays in its original way, after so many people try to change it looks. One of the idea was to make it like a nazi symbol and I thought it was interesting and funny at the same time, since the first time they showed the building in plan view, I thought it looked like a Nazi symbol expect it was missing a few lines. Now the building is part school and part museum. The Siza School has four line up building facing river. Some of the building looks like faces; one of them looks like a happy face. I did not like the building very much, since I did not like how the other parts are organize and shape. I did not like the narrow windows, since it makes the inside look very dim. I thought he is very creative with the shape of the building to make lighting effect.