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New Synagogue Dresden

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Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten
 
location Dresden
function community centre, synagogue
contributed by timo_mecking

After the German Reunification in 1989, the will came up to rebuild Dresden's synagogue at the place where Gottfried Semper's first building was destroyed the 9th of November in 1938. In 1997, after an open competition with 57 entries, the Jewish Community of Dresden chose the third-placed entry by Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architects. The finally-executed building consists of two cubes made of coloured concrete with a connecting courtyard in between. The community centre, a partially glazed block, serves administrative purposes and houses a café and a meeting room. On the other side of the courtyard, the synagogue has been designed as a twisted cube. The interior is structured by fine, wooden, built-in furniture and golden metal chain curtains. Daylight penetrates the concrete-gridded roof and adds an atmospheric shimmer to the golden hangings. The New Synagogue was awarded 'Best European Architecture' in 2001.

 

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gbrownm says:
This is a very good project. It has changed slightly from when it was completed. At that time the outline of the Semper-designed synagogue destroyed in 1938 and found in the courtyard between the two buildings was of glass shards. These, however, would embed themselves into visitors' shoe soles, which would then scratch the floor of the community center, so it has been replaced by gravel. Lost symbolism, but a practical solution. This is well worth visiting.
Oxford OH, United States 23-Oct-09
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New Synagogue Dresden
Address
Hasenberg 1
Germany
Project is public!
Opening hours Guided tours are available. For further information, please call: ++49 - 351 - 656070 or write at: Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden Synagoge Hasenberg 1 01067 Dresden
How to get there? Dresden can be visited by train or airplane. The New Synagogue is situated in the city centre, on the Elbe riverside.
Completion 11- 2001
Architect, Interior architectWandel Hoefer Lorch Architekten
Client Jüdische Gemeinde Dresden
 
Project ID 2320
Latitude/Longitude 51°03'09N 13°44'48E
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