The Contemporary Jewish Museum

On my way to work this morning, I snapped a few pictures of the Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum.”

The final image is of course the presentation rendering, and I regrettably admit that prefer the construction photos to the final product. I want to like his building, I really do, but there’s just too much working against it; starting with its 3rd-year-studio design concept – the form is based on the Hebrew letters “chet” and “yud,” from the word “L’Chaim.”

A little shallow and a little…meh.

And the blue metal cladding? Well, that just seems kind of dated, which I suppose is appropriate considering this project was approved almost 10 years ago. Preserving and reusing the old power station components, however, is a great idea. There’s so much potential there, I just hope it serves as more than mere facade or worse…a “symbolic reminder of history.” Finally, on the positive side, the plaza renovation is a welcome addition that’ll provide a lot of new room to sit down and eat Beard Papa’s. I’ll post more photos as they seem relevant.