Two gardens round out the building ensemble of the Libeskind building and the Old Building. They offer our visitors a place to relax and at the same serve as a backdrop for various events such as garden parties for the whole family, concerts, and readings during our annual Cultural Summer Program. Admission to the garden area is of course free of charge.
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The Museum Garden by Kollhoff and Ovaska
A garden was created behind the Old Building between 1984 and 1988 for what was then the Berlin Museum, based on the design by architects Hans Kollhoff and Arthur Ovaska. The project was part of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) and was entered as a garden monument in the list of the Berlin State Office for Historic Monuments. The starkly geometrical garden design includes an arcade, a small cluster of plane trees, and a circular fountain of red granite in the back section. In the summer months our guests can take a break on lounge chairs on the lawns planted with crab apple trees. The garden is also the site of the Sunday concerts in our popular Jazz in the Garden series, part of our Cultural Summer Program.
The Gardens around the Libeskind Building
Another garden on the grounds around the Libeskind building, created by Berlin landscape architects Cornelia Müller, Elmar Knippschild, and Jan Wehberg, responds to the architecture’s use of form. Thus the freestanding structures originally planned by Daniel Libeskind in the form of the “voids,” the empty spaces in the interior of the building, are echoed as gravel footprints. A rose garden around the Garden of Exile recalls that in Jerusalem during the days of the Holy Temple, the rose was one of the few plants permitted to be cultivated there on ritual grounds.
Adjacent to the roses, a natural stone relief set into the ground is based on a drawing by artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, widow of poet Paul Celan. It continues in the area between the Old Building and the Libeskind building in the Paul Celan courtyard, designed to recall a typical Berlin courtyard.
The park extends to the south into the adjacent residential area, thus connecting the Libeskind building with its surroundings. At the end of Alte Jakobstrasse is the Paradise Garden, where a Robinia (false acacia) grove grew as a volunteer atop a postwar pile of rubble. A stone fountain in the shape of a snake and a channel that feeds the fountain at the base of a tree refer to the motif of paradise.
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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 hut). 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.