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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Glass Courtyard in Berlin, Germany by Studio Daniel Libeskind

April 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The 7,000 square foot addition to the Jewish Museum in Berlin is located in the courtyard of the original building, which was built in 1735. The museum needed a multifunctional space that would provide additional room for the museum’s restaurant and extend the lobby to provide event space for lectures, concerts, and dinners. The distinctive architecture of the addition creates a space that can be used throughout the year while preserving the courtyard qualities of the baroque building.

Glass Courtyard at night (c) BitterBredt Photography

Glass Courtyard at night ((c) BitterBredt Photography)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Glass Courtyard
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Building size: 7,211 sq.ft
  • Structure: Steel structure with glass curtain wall cladding
  • Client: Jewish Museum Berlin

Glass Exterior Wall (c) JMB Photo Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Glass Exterior Wall ((c) JMB Photo Jens Ziehe, Berlin)

  • Architect of Record: Reese Architekten
  • Cost & Site Supervision: Lubic & Woehrlin
  • Structural Engineer: GSE, Ingenieur;gesellschaft mbH
  • Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer: Clean Room Consulting Gmbh
  • Lighting Designer: Studio Dinnebier
  • Raw Construction: Markische Ingenieur Bau
  • Façade: ARUP, Berlin
    • Steel: Rudolstadter Systembau
    • Glazing System: FSB Freienhufener
  • Status: Completed
  • Completion Date: 2007
The Glass facade shimmers at evening light(c) JMB photo.Jens Ziehe, berlin

The Glass facade shimmers at evening light ((c) JMB Photo Jens Ziehe, Berlin)

The new building is inspired by the Sukkah huts that are used for gatherings during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The extension has a transparent glass roof and curtain walls that offer unobstructed views of the garden. In the summer, sliding doors can be opened along the lower front elevation to transform the courtyard into an outdoor space. The Courtyard opened in September 2007. SDL worked with Matthias Reese at Reese Architekten to complete the project.

Interior Glass Courtyard ((c)JMB Photo Jens Ziehe, Berlin)

Close-up of Steel Pillars on Opening Night ((c) BitterBredt)

Interior Special Events Space ((c) BitterBredt)

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