Another project led by Daniel Libeskind pops up. A decade has passed since the Jewish Museum opened in Berlin(another work done by Libeskind).Now the architect is in charge with the Dresden’s Military History Museum. Rumour has it that the projects are similar in more ways than one.
The impact of the buildings is violent because the design fits the avant-garde pattern and the structure is pre-modernist. The main purpose of the design is to stay focused on history. Both museums deal with the ugly aspects of this world: hatred, war, irrational violence, destruction .It is a well known fact that the destruction of Dresden was due to the Nazis. So it’s a difficult task for Libeskind.
The structure of the museum is 135-year-old.Libeskind added a new façade to the museum,it`s more transparent-probably representing the democracy in collision with the authoritarian past-the existing structure of the building. The contrast is astonishing. The museum now is a combination of a five-story 200-ton wedge of concrete, steel and glass.
The past won’t be forgotten-this is the main message of the existence of this building. The wedge offers two views. Inside the wedge you can find a 99 foot platform that overlooks the city-as it is nowadays while the wedge itself reveals the location where the source of the bombs was. So past and present clash-just like the structure of the building.
In the old part of the building, Germany’s military history is exposed, in chronological order. In the new part of the building-where the wedge is-you can find a new approach and new themes regarding the history of what happened. This museum is very important for history and for the city itself-it is Germany’s largest museum, covering an area of 21,000 square feet. The new museum is the official central museum of the German Armed Forces.