Berlin's Jewish Museum gets glass-covered courtyard by architect Daniel Libeskind

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25 September 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A new glass-covered courtyard designed by US architect Daniel Libeskind was opened Tuesday in Berlin's Jewish Museum. Libeskind inaugurated the new courtyard, which comprises a glass roof on steel supports intended to suggest trees. It recalls a traditional "Sukkah" - a leaf-covered structure used for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, marking the exodus from Egypt. The roof in the shape of a horseshoe covers 700 square metres and provides space for events for up to 500 people.

25 September 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A new glass-covered courtyard designed by US architect Daniel Libeskind was opened Tuesday in Berlin's Jewish Museum.

Libeskind inaugurated the new courtyard, which comprises a glass roof on steel supports intended to suggest trees.

It recalls a traditional "Sukkah" - a leaf-covered structure used for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, marking the exodus from Egypt.

The roof in the shape of a horseshoe covers 700 square metres and provides space for events for up to 500 people. It was built at a cost of 8.2 million euros (12 million dollars), with two thirds coming from donations and 2.5 million from the German government.

"A special dream has been realized," museum director Michael Blumenthal said, describing it as a successful extension of the baroque building that provides the entrance and service facilities for the Jewish Museum.

New glass has been installed in the glass facade to reflect the trees in the garden and the original Libeskind design.

Since its opening in 2001, Berlin's Jewish Museum has drawn 4.2 million to its collection, which details 2,000 years of German-Jewish history.

The new courtyard will be open to the public on Saturday. The opening is to be marked by a performance of A Song for Charlotte Salomon by Michal Nyman in honour of the painter who died in Auschwitz and whose work is currently being shown in the museum.

DPA

Subject: German news

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