A glass and steel construction completed in September 2007 encloses the 670-square-meter courtyard of the baroque eighteenth-century Old Building. The Glass Courtyard is an atrium built according to the “Sukkah” (Hebrew “booth”) design plans of architect Daniel Libeskind. The design refers to Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths or Tabernacles, a harvest festival remembering the huts the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt.
Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
A Complex Building Project
The glass roof is supported by four freestanding bundles of steel pillars. Their form calls to mind the branches of a tree, extending under the roof in a steel network. The glass façade looks out onto the spacious Museum Garden.
The Glass Courtyard was a complex building project, unconventional in both its form and materials. The intricate steel branches and treetops represent one of the most unusual uses of steel in contemporary architecture. The glass façade consists of nine different types of pane, mirroring the Libeskind building and the trees in the Museum Garden. The result is a transparent space full of reflections and flooded with light.
Venue for Diverse Events
The Glass Courtyard thus provides an architecturally appealing and atmospheric environment for the museum’s diverse cultural and educational programs. The Glass Courtyard has a capacity of 500 and is well suited for educational workshops, concerts, conferences, and receptions. The Glass Courtyard can also be rented. Information on renting the space is available on our website.
With the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Our Buildings: Daniel Libeskind and the Baroque Era (6)
Daniel Libeskind and the Baroque Era
The architecture of the Jewish Museum Berlin bears the distinctive fingerprints of Daniel Libeskind. The American architect designed the main museum building, but also the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy and the Glass Courtyard. The building compound also includes a baroque palace and a garden from the 1980s that is a protected landmark.
The Libeskind Building
With his “Between the Lines” design, American architect Daniel Libeskind did not want simply to design a museum building, but to recount German-Jewish history.
The Old Building
The former Collegienhaus is the last extant baroque palace in the historic Friedrichstadt neighborhood. The erstwhile Seat of the Royal Court of Justice is now the museum’s entrance with exhibition spaces on the upper level.
The W. Michael Blumenthal Academy
A former wholesale flower market was refurbished based on Libeskind’s In-Between Spaces design. With three cubes, the visual language echoes the architecture of the rest of the museum.
The Glass Courtyard
The Glass Courtyard was designed by Daniel Libeskind, who drew inspiration from a sukkah (Hebrew for thatched hit). With a glass and steel structure, it covers the inner courtyard of the baroque Old Building.
The Diaspora Garden
The Diaspora Garden is located in the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy’s inner courtyard. Four “plateaus” that seem to be floating midair are planted with species related to Jewish life or with their own history of dispersion.
Our Museum Gardens
Behind the Old Building and around the Libeskind Building, two garden areas round out our grounds and allow our visitors to take a reflective break before and after their time in the museum.