The Military History Museum in Dresden will become the official central museum of the German Armed Forces, after a 22-year closure and will house an exhibition area amounting to around 20,000 square meters, becoming Germany’s largest museum. A 140 ton wedge of glass, concrete and steel will intersect the 135 years old original museum building.
The 30 meter high viewing platform at the peak of the wedge will be the highlight of the new extension, providing breathtaking views of Dresden.
Daniel Libeskind designed the new extension by cutting a wedge through the structural order of the arsenal, giving the museum a place for reflection about organized violence. This wedge creats an objective view to the continuity of military conflicts and opens up vistas to central anthropological questioning.
The new extension gives a fundamental re-orientation to the existing building. It opens up the view to the historical center of Dresden. The wedge soars above the roof of the existing building, creating an image of modernization to the outside world and offering the opportunity to experience the opening to the city.