Dresden Museum of Military History
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Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

British photographers Hufton + Crow have sent us new images of the Dresden Museum of Military History, which reopened last month following an extension by New York architect Daniel Libeskind.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind drove a pointed steel and glass shard through the skin of the historic museum to create new galleries on five floors and a 30 metre-high rooftop viewing platform.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

When we originally published the story, many readers were outraged with the design, with one commentor suggesting it to be like a giant axe cutting through the building.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Critics also had a lot to say. Architecture journalist Rowan Moore described the building as both "breathtaking" and "breathtakingly dumb", while critic Mary Lane compared it to "a piece of shrapnel freshly fallen from the sky" - read more about the critics opinions here.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind also recently completed a media centre for the University of Hong Kong – see our earlier story here and see all our stories about Libeskind here.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Another controversial museum we've published recently is the heavily criticised Museum of Liverpool - read more about that project here.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

See also: more stories about museums.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Photographers Hufton + Crow have shot a number of high-profile projects this year - see their photographs of the Serpentine Pavilion by Peter Zumthor and the Olympic Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid.

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

Dresden Museum of Military History by Daniel Libeskind

  • wowzers

    Sweet renderings. I hope it doesn't actually get built though…

    • eisuke

      yes; very nice renderings…….

    • JaneFonda

      ehm…Try reading the text below the first image.

    • martin

      Ha ha ha, might be because its real photos!!

  • jordanjlloyd

    Well if this is anything like Salford's Imperial War Museum (which going by the pictures, it is), then I think I'll give this one a miss.

    • Nino

      Are you mad??

  • Kaylee

    Another self-indulgent clunker from Daniel Libeskind. The exhibits have to subordinate themselves to the capricious decision to force the cliched angled walls into the program.

  • Jack Green

    Possibly the worst thing I have ever seen on Dezeen. Horrible

  • AliB

    Plans and sections would be helpful to see the relationship between the old and new….

  • http://www.vacationhomes.net/vacation-rentals/maine/a14808.htm Reginna Homes

    Wow, looks very impressive. This massive building is really masterpiece of architecture. I am really amazed!

  • ben

    wow another building by douche-skin that is spatially exactly the same as all his other buildings. How can his site response and response to client produce the same formula every time? Box. Skew it. Slits. Mutilate another perfectly good building. Way to put people off architecture.

    • Nino

      Because the client will be employing Libeskind to apply his signature style obviously.

  • https://www.facebook.com/carla.blitvich Carla Blitvich

    Easily picked as a Libeskind…..

  • stefan

    new pictures…still ugly…

  • mike

    perhaps libeskind is a great architect for doing this building related to military history, because when you are in it, you get angry and confused at the spaces, disoriented and pissed off…and, if you are an architecture person, you wonder, how does this schlockster get built?

  • Shanjari

    The photographs are better than the previous ones. The composition and lighting amply demonstrates the undeniable vulgarity of this embarrassing project. They highlight the full enormity of Daniel Libeskind's ego-driven stupidity.

  • http://leetsee.com Leetsee

    brrr… looks bizarre and strange. But yet again, the Eiffel tower was bizarre and strange at the time it was built. Got to agree with Rowan Moore : the building is both “breathtaking” and “breathtakingly dumb”,

  • James D

    The project is incredibly superficial. The forward end of the wedge is just applied to the older fabric and not cutting through the building. Libeskind wasn't even able to execute hos own idea that generated this ridiculous mess. It should be obvious by now that he's a complete idiot.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gunnara Gunnar Ágústsson

    HIstorical attack is what this is.
    The "new" atttacks the old.
    Tipical star-architecture, all about "look at mE ME ME ME!" and not about being good design, more as an art form, in a bad way.

  • ACD

    No photograph can adequately portray how disgusting Libeskind's acts of architectural vandalism really are. I'm not just referring to Dresden, but to Toronto, London and Denver as well. His whole portfolio is comprised of one incredibly stupid gesture repeated ad nauseum regardless of the context or the program. I'm ashamed that I to have to share the same professional title as that moronic jerk.

  • Jeff

    Great photographs! I'm not always a fan of Libeskind's buildings, but this one is cool. Lovin' the details.

  • a2104

    Paradoxically, it's boring!

  • Horse B

    Libeskind's work is very one dimensional. His crude ideas are both dumb and obvious. There's no intellectual development and no techtonic refinement. This naive and very unsubtle project looks like it was conceived in 10 seconds and then went straight to the drafting room for production of working drawings.

    • Nino

      So?

  • Airborn

    Please tell me this is a cartoon.

  • Sami

    Libeskind's work is so ham-fisted. He'd shove one of those stupid wedges through the Taj Mahal if he got the chance. (There's a part of Libeskind's anatomy I'd like to shove this wedge if I ever get the chance.)

  • eugmir

    not that these photos aren't great and all, but seriously? could shards be the answer to everything?

  • Arch101

    Libeskind, the Jewish museum specialist, designs a museum celebrating Germany's military achievements?!? – What's next for Daniel .. private residences for Nazi leaders? A Hitler memorial? I bet he'd take the commission if the client wanted a dumb wedge or shard.

  • Colonel Pancake

    Daniel Libeskind would make a great tornado.

  • Jimmy

    Nice, I love how it breaks away from the exisitng form, almost like a piece of art has escaped from being trapped by the old form. It looks like a battle between the new and the old. Nice work Daniel

  • detailmercheant

    Hmm this looks like an *identical* architectural experience to his Imperial War Museum in Salford., complete with windy 'shard' viewing platform (and no doubt rickety access lift). I guess both museums tell the stroy of different sides of the same imperialist coin, so maybe an identical response is more appropriate than first appears?

  • douglas

    ' Tipical (sic) star-architecture, all about "look at mE ME ME ME!" '

    And if you ever become successful it'll be all about YOU YOU YOU!

    ' I'm ashamed that I to have to share the same professional title as that moronic
    jerk '

    Don't worry, no-one knows who you are ACD.

    ' His crude ideas are both dumb and obvious '

    If this was a safe dumb white box, you lot would love it.

    You all bitch about visually arresting architecture despising it as novelty, and then bitch when someone executes the 'signature' style they're probably being hired for dismissing it as boring repetition. Its not possible for every single building to be original, and it wouldn't be desirable anyway. Libeskind does use angular shards a lot, but there's enough variation to make many of his buildings interesting.

  • douglas

    … but then, having just mouthed off; I googled Libeskind in images, and some of his stuff is making me wince. Perhaps he was good once. Felix Nussbaum Haus is beautiful – is it legitimate to conclude that a building is beautiful, even if the visual aspect is 'intentional' on behalf of the architect?

  • Gavin

    Good design solves problems. Libeskind's designs create problems. Ergo what he does is not architecture, but something else, something stupid if you think about it. – Dezeen, please stop promoting this "un design" garbage.

  • Carla S.

    Libeskind likes the pretentious stuff when someone else is paying for this foolishness and has to live with the mistakes. When he bought his own apartment in New York, he paid an other architect to design it for him. And there are no shards or crystals. Libeskind is 100% hypocrite.

  • edward

    Libeskind is clearly on to something here: the dumber you make it, the better the chances it will be commissioned.

  • Goose 42

    Classic case of yet another arrogant Architect getting his c*ck out

  • quinn

    I remain nonplussed regarding how starchitects create 'a look' and solely rely on the few tools in that toolbox again and again and again. This is not architecture, this is set design.

  • dhamphir

    Military History – that's his apt

  • Rez

    @Arch101: This museum is not "celebrating Germany's military achievements". Educate yourself before you spew hateful nonsense like this.

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    always the same… where is development of the style?….

  • JimBob

    Interesting ….. Libeskind's architectural vocabulary, supposedly developed specifically for the Jewish Museum, can also be used to express the triumph of German military achievements. I wonder what Libeskind's excuse for the zig zag plan is this time? Broken swastika, maybe?

  • Dieter K

    It is the architectural equivalent of rape, a forceful and hostile penetration by an aggressor on an unwilling and defenceless subject. For Libeskind, real architectural issues are always made subordinate to his need for domination. It's always about asserting his presence as a way to deny personal inadequacies and social dysfunction.

  • Emil

    I’m not sure the sloped walls and skewed spaces add anything of value to the design. The diagonal stairwells and leaning passageways don’t appear to bring any justifiable spatial benefit, nor do they contribute visually or experientially to the building. Apart from allowing Daniel Libeskind to apply his cliched “brand”, his efforts seem both useless and uninspires. (But that much could have been predicted. All his work suffers from the same superficial approach to architecture.)

  • Jason

    From an environmental standpoint the design is disastrous. Hundreds of tons of steel and metal skins (and all the embodied energy for production), wasted to create a predominently empty and useless space. It would be almost forgivable of Libeskind's design had any compelling aesthetic value. But even on that front the project is an abject failure.

    • Steven

      "Hundreds of tons of steel and metal skins (and all the embodied energy for production), wasted to create a predominantly empty and useless space."

      Kind of like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, yes?

  • LV

    It is a very rude, brutal and un-neighborly addition to a fine building. What was Libeskind thinking? Does he understand anything about respecting dignified old structures? Would he try to make friends with an elderly woman by punching her repeatedly in the face and in the lower back?

  • Johann

    If Libeskind was hired to design a toilet seat it would have sharp pointed angles protruding in all directions. That’s his default solution for every design problem. It’s all the jerk knows.

  • AJT

    Unfortunately, Libeskind's superficial approach depends completely on creating extreme contrast to attract attention to himself. His work is like a fart in a perfume factory. It stands out and gets noticed, but not for any good reason.

  • vasi

    if architecture is about problem-solving, then we better look what a museum wants, and in this case the particular museum. The Bilbao example is straightforward: the main problem was to put bilbao on the map, and Gehry's Gungheheim succeeded. Gehry has re-used the gesture previous and later than Bilbao. It is a fact the the museum field is one of the most open for experimentation and being 'extreme'. Perhaps due to the fact that it has the least restrictions in ergonomics, lot's of money to invest and because one of their main parameter – requirement for design is to attract and put it on the map. Like it or not, the Gungeheim, the Jewish museum, attract people more than their collections. so client is happy. On the other hand, the progression of architecture requires some case studies to try approaches. And these are examples of that process. Due to this architecture evolves. This does not mean that every project is good, but making mistakes is fundamental of trying something new (AKA experimenting).

    • KLH

      What is the “Gungheheim”, or the “Gungeheim” you referred to? Evidently, making mistakes is fundamental to you. That said, I agree that every project is not good. QED Libeskind’s entire portfolio of experiments that went very, very wrong.

      • vasi

        yes, making mistakes, and not being afraid of making mistakes, is fundamental.

  • Carl

    The older building was one of the few fine structures to survive the WWII bombings. Now Daniel Libeskind comes along to mutilate and destroy that last remaining vestige of the city's past. It is so typical of Libeskind that this over-hyped jerk put the needs of his enormous ego before the dictates of architectural and historical respect that the situation really needed.

  • Shauna

    Environmentally irresponsible. How do you justify such a terrible waste of steel and metal grid? It might be forgivable if it was elegant. But like all of Libeskind's work it is ill conceived and crudely detailed.

  • http://www.caribbean-villa-rentals.org roseleen

    pics are beautiful, amazing and have left me speechless. Architect of this museum must be the best one around. Museum looks too well maintained and as it is newly opened it is shining.

  • E.D/ Fallon

    What a sickening and totally unnecessary disfiguring of the original building. Is Libeskind so starved of attention that he has to pull this same childish stunt on every project? Is he so intellectually insecure that he has to resort to creating eyesores in order to get press coverage? Does he have any knowledge of, or respect for architectural history? This projects suggest he hasn’t got a clue and he just gives rein to his ego. It’s the behaviour of a spoiled child, not a mature architect.

  • TobeB

    I somehow wish the new building would have actually and physically sliced through the old building. That would have been a hit!