12/8

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.

staircase
staircase

 

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