Libeskind's Military History Museum should be
"more than a gesture"- The Observer

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 in his latest review for The Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore criticises Daniel Libeskind's angular five-storey extension to the Military History Museum in Dresden, stating that "something so large and conspicuous should surely be more than a gesture."

Moore claims that the new intervention interacts successfully with the existing 1870s building but adds that some of the spaces are not as interesting as they should be and describes the projecting shard as "at once breathtaking, verging on the wonderful, and breathtakingly dumb."

We had an amazing response when we published our story on the museum a few weeks ago. One reader described the design as "insensitive and inconsiderate," while there was some praise including this comment: "Brave and bonkers. Excellent!" - see the story and comments here and all of our previous stories on Daniel Libeskind here Update 17/11/11: see a new set of photos in our later story.

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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 11:31 am by Alyn Griffiths. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • Giacomo

    The Observer article misses the point. The tip of the wedge that covers the facade of the old building is a viewing platform, making the center of Dresden – that epicentre of the bombing – into an exhibit itself! It's also a space of contemplation: you're basically inside a huge metal sculpture. The wedge intersecting the building is one of the most ambitious and original integrations of a new building into an existing structure ever completed. This building could literally not have been built in the States or UK: you need a German company to get that level of precision. Another Libeskind masterpiece!

    • Tajieuz

      Re: "….one of the most ambitious and original integrations of a new building into an existing structure ever completed." – It is also one of the ugliest additions to an existing structure ever completed. Libeskind's addition to Toronto's ROM comes in a close second, with Libeskind's proposed addition to London's V&A in 3rd place. Libeskind has cornered the market for ill-conceived, pretentious and hideous architecture.