The Glass Courtyard
A Sukkah Made of Glass and Steel
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.
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.