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The Dresden Museum of Military History’s Extension by Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL)

In Dresden, Germany there sits a museum constructed in the late 19th century. The Dresden Museum of Military History survived the allied bombing campaign during World War II. 135 years later, architect Daniel Libeskind created a competitive piece that featured a colossal 14,500-ton wedge of steel that cuts through the left side of the building. The extension not only reflects the modern views of Dresden but is also meant to show the motion of where the bombings took place half a century ago.

There is something majestic about Libeskind’s ability to equate such contrasting styles of architecture. The fusion of aged and modern make for a fantastic and bold design. The protruding structure is made of concrete and steel and at its highest point extends 98 feet towards the sky.

Content and image courtesy of ©Studio Daniel Libeskind Architect, LLC

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2 comments on “The Dresden Museum of Military History’s Extension by Studio Daniel Libeskind (SDL)

  1. BiltBlog
    December 22, 2011

    This is a great project and I’ve talked about it with a few colleagues, very nice to see you posting it. We all love and appreciate old things, especially when they take the form of iconic buildings. On that note it is understandable that a few adverse reactions to the violent treatment of Dresden’s 19th century existing museum might surface. Although the architectural operation here is quite beautiful and compelling, it can’t be undone; the shell has mutated into a combination of old and new. A friend of mine summed it up, in but so many eloquent words of course, by saying, “I like it, but remember that tattoo you got that one time?”

    • theludlowgroup
      December 22, 2011

      Hah that’s a great quote! Thank you so much Michael for commenting, it is always so intriguing to hear an architect’s perspective. I can definitely understand both ends of the spectrum. In this case though I think the extension is such a dramatic distortion of the original structure that it makes it that much more beautiful. But that’s just me.

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