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In The News: A Daring Museum Design

On Sunday, San Francisco added another well-designed, eye-catching museum to its roster of cool, well-designed museums (my favorite up to now has been the de Young). The design of the Contemporary Jewish Museum took what was once a power company substation and births something completely different. Architect Daniel Libeskind, who previously built the Jewish Museum Berlin, shows a talent for merging the old and the new in his winning, playful design for San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The San Francisco Chronicle covered the details behind the museum's aesthetic development in a number of articles, and together these pieces tell a fascinating story. An abundance of thought and consideration went into this building's design. Deep grooves across a wall of the lobby, which are lit for emphasis, are an acronym for "orchard" in Hebrew. Interior spaces feature elements such as open staircases, soaring ceilings, playful use of light, and magnetic walls. But of course, these features are just the very beginning. To find out all about this bold new design, read more here.
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sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I was just about to comment that it looks a lot like the one in Berlin, until I saw who the architect was, haha.
Community-Manager Community-Manager 8 years
I went there for the opening and the layout is quite nice. I liked it so much I got a membership. ;-)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
And now we might get a cool new modern art one in the Presidio, too, since the Presidio Trust endorsed the plans! http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/10/MNIM115S37.DTL&hw=museum+presidio&sn=003&sc=637 PS Is anyone else as RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED as I am for the aquarium to open???
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