Day 37: Military History Museum

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The Military History Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the world, not only for its collection and the building design, but for the message it brings. It tries to tackle the prickly issue of war and its consequences and uses displays to teach how everyone loses in wars.

Daniel Liebeskind designed and finished this building in 2011. The exterior of the neo-classical building is truncated by a metal shard that points to the spot where Dresden was targeted. While both sides of the building are devoted to traditional armaments, the new building tries to confronts visitors with the human impacts of war.

Photos above, from top to bottom:

1. Exterior of the building, located in a former military area.
2. Overview of Building interior on the top floor.
3. Exterior terrace inside the metal point. From here you can see a view of Dresden Old City. The open metal walkway can be a harrowing experience but is appropriate with the entire building and what it conveys.
4. Beautiful stairs and custom designed lighting built into the handrails.
5. Custom designed horizontal panel for the elevator controls.

Photos below, from top to bottom:

1. Wall to the left shows a regiment of 10,000 troops in formation heading to war at a miniature scale.
2. A scale model warship, with a view of the formation in the background
3. A full scale display of animals
4. Typical text explaining the consequences of war. (Tap to scale up)
5. Another text display.(Tap to scale up)

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For more information, see http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundeswehr_Military_History_Museum.

2 thoughts on “Day 37: Military History Museum”

  1. From you pictures, my very favorite thing is the lighting. It looks like a really beautiful building, not something I would normally associate with war. And it sounds like the designer got the message right about the human impact of war…so much suffering. A hard topic to design for.

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  2. This is one of my favorite buildings. First of all, it has a fantastic view looking back to Dresden. The access inside the point gives you the sensation of a death defying carnival ride–the emotion fits the subject. And the displays make you think about how human pursuits that lead to war are hideous. Tremendous energy and mobilization of the military industrial complex are needed, and this museum brings these thought to life. Daniel Liebeskind is amazing. You can read about his extensive worldwide range of work in http://daniel-libeskind.com/daniel.

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