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Abstract-Deconstructivism is a post-modern architectural style or movement which appeared in the 1980s, based on the idea of freedom of form. Architecture earlier was only based on the concept of pure geometry. Jacques Derrida, a philosopher, introduced the idea of deconstruction which challenges the characteristics of harmony and symmetry in architecture and allows for the birth of complexity. This brought about a major change in the way that architecture was usually read. The language changed. Deconstructivist projects can be looked at through multiple lenses. They deal with complexities, contradictions and ambiguity. Following two projects of deconstructivism style, the first being, The Memorial for the Murdered Jews and second, The Jewish …show more content…

-Is the role of architecture only limited to its physicality or does it take a step further to make you feel something? -Who would you consider the client of your architecture?

The construction of The Jewish Museum, located in Berlin, Germany, began in the year 1992 and it opened in the year 2001. Designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, the structure reflects his ideas and philosophies like, “Architecture itself is communicative. Each of my buildings tells a unique and particular story reflecting both programmatic content and the singularity of site.” He uses in his architecture, metaphors and fragmentation in order to bring out the deeper meaning of the building. This building, along with its function of being a museum, tries to communicate the history of the struggle of Jewish people through the structure and skin itself. This structure, according to my understanding, deals with multiple ambiguous questions and debates. The façade of the museum has windows which are almost like slits on the entire skin. These slits are supposed …show more content…

Its construction began in the year 2003 on April 1st and was finished on 15th December, 2004. The inauguration took place on 10th of May, 2005. It is designed by architect Peter Eisenman and the engineer is Buro Happold. This memorial is a sculptural piece wherein there are 2,711 stelae on site, organized in a grid pattern on a slope. These stelae are concrete slabs which serve as large gravestones for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The heights of the stelae range from 0.2 meters to 4.7 meters. Organized in rows, 54 blocks run in the north-south direction and 87 of them in east-west direction. The difference in the heights forms an interesting pattern of blocks. Underground is a place where the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims are held. The scale of the project is so huge that in loses the sense of human scale. The varieties of heights offer spaces to be inhabited in different ways. Some blocks are low enough to sit on while some may almost engulf one. The project as a whole can be really intimidating and confusing. As these stelae are made to commemorate the victims, they can also be looked at as large coffins which possess the spirits and emotions of them. Walking through such a pattern can create an uneasy atmosphere with a feeling of being surrounded by the past. Also, the architecture of this project makes sure that in areas with

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