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Brief Published: 23 Nov 2011

German Military History Museum Extension


After a 22-year closure, the controversial, Daniel Libeskind-designed extension of Germany’s Dresden Museum of Military History has finally been unveiled.

In typical Libeskind style, the extension is an angular glass shard-like addition, which points east towards the site of a World War II bomb manufacturing plant. It’s a strong, architectural interruption of the original 1987 design, which aims to engage the public in a discussion of how military history can affect the fate of a city.

The addition has transformed the museum into the largest in Germany, nearing 21,000 sq feet, and includes five storeys of new gallery space, plus a 30 m-high rooftop viewing platform.

A number of critics have attacked the project – some say the shard lacks functionality, while others believe its harsh design shows insensitivity to war victims. In any instance, the space has taken a long time to build interest – another characteristic of Libeskind’s talking-point architecture.

Daniel Libeskind