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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.

Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark by Studio Daniel Libeskind

April 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Studio Daniel Libeskind

The Danish Jewish Museum is dedicated to the unique history of Danish Jewish life in Denmark starting in the 17th Century. Located in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen, the Museum is housed within in a 17th century structure built by King Christian the IV. SDL designed the museum’s new interior space while preserving the original building. Completed in 2003, the Danish Jewish Museum was recognized with an American Architect Award in 2005.

Museum building (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Name of Project: Danish Jewish Museum
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Building size: 4,800 sq.ft
  • Structure: Steel strucuture clad with plywood
  • Client: Danish Jewish Museum
  • Photography: Bitterbredt

Detail of vitrine (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

  • Structural Engineer: Moe and Brødsgaard
  • Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineer: Moe and Brødsgaard (M&E)
  • Landscape Architect: GHB Landskabsarkitekter
  • Renovation of Galejhuset: Fogh & Følner Arkitektfirma
  • Consulting Engineer: Hansen & Henneberg
  • Exhibition Design: Kvorning Design & Kommunikation
  • Contractor: Tomrerfirma Gert Fogt
  • Status: Completed
  • Completion Date: 2003

Exhibition space (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

The Museum differs from all other European Jewish Museums because the Danish Jews were, by and large, saved from the Nazis by the efforts of their countrymen in 1943. This historical act of kindness, or “mitzvah” is the guiding concept of the Museum. The Hebrew word “mitzvah” means an obligation or a good deed which is symbolized in the form, structure and light of the Museum. Just as the experience of Danish Jews during the Holocaust is as a text within a text, the museum itself is a building within a building. The entire building has been conceived as an adventure, both physical and spiritual, in tracing the lineaments that reveal the intersection of different histories and aspects of Jewish Culture.

Four intersecting planes structure the interior landscape (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

Museum Interior (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

Sloping wooden floors and carved wooden interior exist throughout the exhibition space (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

The small door to the museum opens off an intimate public plaza (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

Ancient brick walls, vectors of light, fragments of memory intersect in the exhibition space (Images Courtesy Bitterbredt)

Watercolor (Images Courtesy SDL)

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One Response to “Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark by Studio Daniel Libeskind”

  1. Jacob Maor says:

    Very nice post
    I’m asking your permission to translate it and to publish it in my blog in Hebrew, with all credit

    Jacob Maor

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