dresden military history museum by daniel libeskind wins micheletti award
dresden military history museum by daniel libeskind wins micheletti award dresden military history museum by daniel libeskind wins micheletti award
may 24, 2013

dresden military history museum by daniel libeskind wins micheletti award

‘museum of military history in dresden’ by studio daniel libeskind wins micheletti award, dresden, germanyimage © bitter bredtall images courtesy of studio daniel libeskind




it has just been announced that the ‘military history museum in dresden‘, germany, by studio daniel libeskind has been awarded the 2013 michelettiaward – the prestigious european award named after luigi micheletti recognizing innovative museums. the museum is built in the original armory firstcompleted in 1876. in 1897 it was converted into a museum and since then has gone through a series of identities as the saxon armory and museum, the nazi museum, the soviet museum, and the east german museum, until it’s final transformation into the military history museum of a unified germanstate. the design sought out a blatant interruption of the classical orders that have dictated its function throughout its 137-year lifespan, and a symbolicbreak from the cultural history that had recently reinvented itself.


a five-storey steel, concrete, and glass polygonal fragment projects from the existing structure pointing towards the site of the bombings of dresden, containing an 82-foot tall observation deck and almost 20,000 square meters of additional exhibition space. clad in steel grating, the addition presentsa clear contrast to the solid and heavy host structure, carrying through to the interior a clear tension between the historic elements and the subversiveannexes — a physical representation of the changing forms of government.



front facadeimage © hufton & crow photography



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steel structure and facade of the new additionimages © hufton & crow photography



images © bitter bredt



original gallery spaceimage © hufton & crow photography



interior circulationimages © bitter bredt



gallery spaceimage © bitter bredt courtesy of holzer kobler architekturen



image © bitter bredt courtesy of holzer kobler architekturen



exhibition corridorsimages © bitter bredt



image © bitter bredt courtesy of holzer kobler architekturen



image © bitter bredt



images © bitter bredt



image © bitter bredt



observation platformimage © hufton & crow photography



image © bitter bredt



floor plan modelimage © studio daniel libeskind



concept sketchimage © studio daniel libeskind



project info:



building size: 14,000 sq.m, 20,000 sq.m (exhibition area)structure: steel and concreteclient: the military history museum (the federal republic of germany) joint venture partner:  architekt daniel libeskind ag, zurich, with studio daniel libeskindcost & site supervision: reese lubic wöhrlin gesellschaft von architekten mbhstructural engineer: gse ingenieur-gesellschaft mbh, berlin, germanymechanical / electrical / plumbing engineer: ipro dresden, germanylandscape architect:  dipl.-ing. volker von gagern, dresden, germanylighting designer: delux ag, zurich, switzerlandfaçade: josef gartner gmbh, gundelfingen, germanyauditing statics: ing. consult cornelius-schwarz-zeitler gmbh, dresden, germanyexhibition design: barbara holzer–collaboration holzer kobler architekturen and hg merz architektenawards: international property awards europe best public service architecturestatus: completedcompletion date: 2011

  • I used to dislike it but now I’ve changed my mind and I think it’s a worth building addition. Historical buildings aren’t sacred and we could do this some times to them. And it’s pretty well done.

    Allan says:
  • What exactly did the jury find favorable about disorienting interiors with gimmicky sloped walls and architectural vandalism of an historic façade?

    Hadrian says:

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