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In Progress: Contemporary Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind

Sorry for the lack of posts this last few days, but before leaving to San Francisco my computer died. Now i´m back home with a borrowed computer, and will be posting some buildings i found in SF.

This two rotated cubes are part of the adaptation of the 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation, adjacent to the Yerba Buena Park in San Francisco, into the new Jewish Contemporary Museum by Daniel Libeskind Studio and local architects WRNS Studio. The project houses 63,000 sq feet for exhibitions and programs in visual, performing and media arts, and includes 3,500 square feet of space for education.

The skin of the cubes is made of over 4 million luminous blue steel panels. According to Daniel Libeskind Studio “The blue colour of the steel is achieved through a procedure called interference-coating. Since there are not any dyes or pigments to decay, the colour will never fade or chalk”.

As you can see on the pictures, the building “appear to change colour depending on the time of day, the weather, and the viewer’s position, creating a dynamic, “living” surface…”. The union between the brick and the cubes is almost perfect.

It will open on June 8th 2008, more info at the Jewish Contemporary Museum website.


Photos were taken by me, except for the renders, roof top and interiors which are from Libeskind Studio.

Cite:David Basulto. "In Progress: Contemporary Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind" 01 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>