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Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the Danish Jewish Museum memorializes the story of Danish Jews who were saved from Nazi persecution by their fellow Danes in October 1943.


Construction of the Museum began in March 2003 and the museum opened in June 2004The space’s evolving function influenced Libeskind’s design. The museum’s layout incorporates a pedestrian walk between the new and old libraries, outdoor summer seating for a café, and intimate conversation spaces at the ground level of the entrance. The whole building is organized as a series of planes, each corresponding to a particular field of religious discourse. Together, the planes, named Exodus, Wilderness, The Giving of the Law, and The Promised Land, carve interior corridors of fractured passageways and slanted floors. 


These corridors comprise the museum’s exhibition spaces and, as they wind, they form the letters for the Hebrew word Mitzvah, meaning “good deed.” According to the museum’s website, the form of the building stands as a commentary on the artifacts and artworks it houses, paralleling how accompanying texts often illuminate different aspects of the Talmud. Libeskind describes the space as a “sort of text running within a frame made up of many other surfaces – walls, inner spaces, showcases, virtual perspectives.


Daniel Libeskind (b. 1946) is a Polish-American architect, artist, professor and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the Denver Art Museum US, Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester, England, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at Royal Ontario Museum Toronto, Canada, Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Wohl Centre at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel.

On February 27, 2003,

In 1970, he received his professional architectural degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; he received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at the University of Essex in 1972.

Libeskind began his career as an architectural theorist and professor, holding positions at various institutions around the world.

Libeskind completed his first building at the age of 52, with the opening of the Felix Nussbaum Haus in 1998. Prior to this, critics had dismissed his designs as "unbuildable or unduly assertive.". Libeskind won the first four projects competitions he entered. 

Samuel Besekow sculpture by Thomas Munk

"What informs my work, what inspires me is certainly James Joices' use of language, the complexity, the ambiguity, the meanings that model and modernize language, are part of what I like to think about when I create plans, cities, buildings. . "

"I always thought that architecture and music are closely related emotionally. Architecture is emotional.  It is based on balance. Balance is in the ear. It is not in the eye. So when I do drawing I think about the fact that a drawing is really a score interpreted by the community."

Architect Daniel Libeskind

Danish Jewish Museum

Architect Daniel Libeskind 

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