Archive for December, 2008

Final 12*8

December 14, 2008

The architect of the Jewish Museum Berlin is Daniel Libeskind. It is a very interesting and thoughtful design for the Jewish Museum. Liberskind has done lots of researches on the topic and input to his ideas of the museum design. The words Liberskind uses for his ideas are the organization and relationships. “One is a straight line, but broken into many fragments, the other is a tortuous line, but continuing indefinitely.” (By Liberskind) Therefore, he uses three words to identify his design: Continuity, Exile and Death End.

Liberskind views the world in order to determine the way he creates because Jewish must continue; and the time they exile; and the death end is the feeling of the Jewish. Those are from the history of Jewish exiled in Germany. Libeskind uses “Voids” to define the space between the old and the new. There are no direct light comes to the space, and the “Shalechet” on the floor represent the ashes. It gives people that the Jewish had difficulty to walk in the past. It is very interesting idea that connects the old building to the new building. Also, the Garden of Exile, the structure of columns creates the disorientation to the visitor. The idea of disorientation was created through architecture. Therefore, I think Libeskind was an artist. The creation of The Holocaust Tower is also the art. An only one light that comes from the gap and the narrow slit high above the ground that creates experience of even the visitors see the light but can’t reach it. It also connects to the history of Jewish. The location of the building is also very interesting. There are no official entrance in the new Jewish Museum, instead Libeskind design it in the old Jewish Museum and put it underground. It represent the life of Jewish was undergrounded in Germany in early century.The façade of the building is very interesting. Libeskind plotted the addresses of prominent Jewish and German citizens on a map of pre-war Berlin and joined the points to form the matrix. The idea I like the best is the axes that Liberkind created to link the history of Jewish.

The scale and proportion for the window sizes are based upon the matrix of the façade. The entrance of the buildings formed by the long stairs and on the above there are some structure connected in order to create pressure. It is a very interesting building I have seen.



Confluences Museum

December 7, 2008

Confluences Museum – Lyon, France, 2007

Architect: Coop Himmelb(1)au

The Confluences Museum is a building emblematic of the evolution of this type of architecture, The approach replaces the idea of a temple of art, intended for a social and academic elite, with a place that encourages public access to knowledge about the times we live in – The building tries to directly and actively stimulate its own use as both a museum and an urban meeting place. It was conceived as a museum to which people will come to spend their free time and be motivated to gain information.




December 1, 2008

Today we watched film about architecture in different countries.

The Dessau Bauhaus – architect: Walter Gropius

Gropius’ extensive facilities for the Bauhaus at Dessau combine teaching, student and faculty members’ housing, an auditorium, and office spaces. The pinwheel configuration when viewed from the air represents in form the propellers of the airplanes manufactured in the Dessau area. This complex embodies various technological and design oriented advancements including a petchance for glazing, the creation of an architecture of transparency with the supporting structure rising behind the facing skin. It was a radical structure populated by progressive minds touting a unique group-oriented approach to learning.

— Darlene Levy. drawn from S. Giedion. Walter Gropius: Work and Teamwork. p54-56.



The Nemausus I – architect: Nouvell, Jean & Assoc

Jean Nouvel design the new public housing. I think his idea of the Nemausus I & II were very interesting.  Every apartment has bi-fold metal doors opening the full width of the dwelling. Most of the multi-floor dwellings have two story high volumes and some have two-story high doors.