Since its grand opening in autumn 2001, the Jewish Museum in Berlin represents the centre of German - Jewish history and culture and it therefore ranks among one of the most prominent European museums serving as a forum for research and exchange of ideas.
In September 2007, the Jewish Museum Berlin celebrated the opening of its spectacular Glass Courtyard. The Glass Courtyard will provide the Museum with a room in which to hold events such as educational workshops, concerts, theatrical performances, and receptions for up to 500 people all year round.
The client defined several criteria for the furnishing of the Glass Courtyard, which included a plain design, pure aesthetics combined with wide functionality as well as outstanding quality. Another requirement set by the customer was a variety of possible combinations concerning colours, upholstery and materials.
- Educational workshops
- Theatrical performances
- Institutional seating in a 670 sqm open space
- DSC Axis 106
- Matthias Reese, Architect
- Algonet Objekteinrichtung Berlin, Dealer
The new Glass Courtyard at the Jewish Museum Berlin was build from the design entitled "Sukkah" (Hebrew for tabernacle) by the architect Daniel Libeskind.
The glass roof, which will cover the 670 sqm u-shaped courtyard of the baroque Old Building, the former Collegienhaus, is supported by four freestanding bundles of steel pillars. The construction of supporting pillars which extend into the roof forming a steel network was inspired by the shape of a tree.
Thus Daniel Libeskind seizes an important image in Judaism, namely the "Sukkot" Feast of Tabernacles named after the huts the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt on their way to the Promised Land.
To furnish this extraordinary architectural masterpiece, the architect Matthias Reese chose 500 seats from Haworth's DSC Axis range.