Jüdische Museum München by Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten


Photographer Manuel Eckl has sent us some moody shots of the new(ish) Jewish Museum in Munich, Germany.

The building, which opened in March last year, is designed by Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten of Saarbrücken. It is part of the redevelopment of St.-Jakobs-Platz.

Manuel Eckl is nineteen years old.

Below is some text about the St.-Jakobs-Platz project:


The Jakobsplatz Jewish Center
St.-Jakobs-Platz, adjacent to Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, is home to a new building complex which includes the Jewish Museum run by the city of Munich, as well as the new Jewish Center run by the Jewish community. Saarbrücken-based architects Wandel Hoefer Lorch, commissioned with the design of the entire complex, have given the three buildings a unified appearance by using the same material on all facades. At the same time, St.-Jakobs-Platz is being redesigned into an arena for urban life that can serve many different purposes.

The Main Synagogue
The cornerstone for Munich’s new main synagogue was laid on November 9, 2003, sixty-five years after the November pogrom and the destruction of the city’s synagogues. Inspired by two recurring architectural forms in the history of Judaism, the temple and the tent, the new synagogue fluctuates between stability and flexibility. These two states significantly govern the actual interior and exterior of the space.

The Community Center
The new multipurpose community center has been created to meet the religious, social and cul-tural needs of a rapidly growing community. With the increased immigration of individuals from the CIS states of the former Soviet Union, the Jewish community has grown to include approximately 9,000 members. The center will provide services that range from a public elementary school, a kindergarten and a youth center, to a community auditorium, kosher restaurant, and the administrative offices and social services department of the Jewish community.

The Jewish Museum
The third building on this site, designed as a freestanding cube, is the Jewish Museum run by the city of Munich. Its transparent ground floor lobby, glazed on all four sides, functions not only as a display window but also as a public space. Here, visitors can find the information desk, museum bookstore, and Café-Bar. The two floors above house our changing exhibitions, Learning Center, and Library. The Jewish Museum’s permanent exhibition is located on the lower level.

Synagogue and Community Center:
Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria

Building Owners and Contractors
Museum and Redesign of St.-Jakobs-Platz:
City of Munich

Synagogue, Community Center and Museum:
Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architects, Saarbrücken

Exhibition Design:
Martin Kohlbauer, Vienna

Landscape Design (St.-Jakobs-Platz):
Regina Poly, Landscape Architect, Berlin

Posted on Sunday January 6th 2008 at 7:55 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • fvale

    ok, how about some pictures that actually make people understand the project ?

  • Julio Cesar

    i agree with fvale.. i dont event know what are you showing if it wasnt for the tittle

  • nick

    boring – nothing to show – why even bother publishing it

  • bald skull

    cool prison!

  • roboto

    i know this building quite well, (from the outside only). It has far more to show then these, sorry, but moodless photos.
    it’s not a trick – and it’s not a prison

  • Mumbles

    The photographer is 19! Give the guy a break! You should all consider the impact of your negative comments on others, and support this site for giving young creative people a platform

  • Vla

    JüdischeS Museum

  • bald skull

    regardless of the photo kid’s age, these “artsy” pix do nothing to represent the project. if you’re goal is to represent a design project, then your images should support it.

    these pix don’t do that and are thus, essentially worthless. where’s the entrance? what’s the site? what’s the internal flow?

  • james

    i agree with bald. the photos aren’t horrible, they just don’t help us the reader understand the building.

  • floyd landis

    We have asked for drawings before and you ignore us. Rather than having an architecture section, just have a section called CRAPPY PHOTOGRAPHS and leave us alone.

  • Marcus

    I can only publish the material I have, Floyd! The images came from a local photographer rather than from the architects, so I don’t have drawings in this case I’m afraid.

    However, we’ve just uploaded plans and elevations of the Polish pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010, if you’re interested…

    Marcus, dezeen

  • Did Manfred Eicher commission this building for the next 20 ECM albums?

  • The problem with this post is not the photographs but the post’s title.
    To me it doesnt look like Manuel was interested in documenting the project using conventional “architectural photography” norms. Thus no entrance, site, “internal flow” etc.
    The photos are about geometry and texture. The two buildings that form this project are massive, heavy and cubic but one is smooth and polished and the other rugged, light absorbing, porous.

    If the post was titled Moody photograps by Manuel Eckl people wouldnt be making irrelevant complaints about its clarity, of course comments about the quality of the photos themselves still apply and that is up to any individual’s taste.

    By the way if you want to see the building in a conventional way just go to flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=%22Jewish+Museum+in+Munich%22&m=text

  • Mignon

    You are right: You won´t understand the building, but you can feel the spirit of it.
    I think, a guy with 19 years has done a good job.
    Manuel, go on….!!!!