The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) will be opened on Sunday, June 8, 2008. In partnership with San Francisco-based WRNS Architects, Libeskind created a dynamic contemporary design intimately connected to the museum-going experience.
The shape of the steel-clad extension is based on two symbolic Hebrew letters of the “chet” and the “‘yud”. Libeskind’s dynamic, contemporary design makes visible the relationship between the old and the new by incorporating the substation’s character defining features.
"The new building is based on the unprecedented spaces created by the Chai: the Chet which provides an overall continuity for the core exhibition and the Yud, located on the pedestrian connector which gives a new identity to the power station. Together, these letters and their meaning constitute a special emblem for the ongoing development of the Yerba Buena area." Daniel Libeskind
BLUE STEEL SKIN: appears to change colour depending on the time of day, the weather, and the viewer’s position, creating a dynamic, “living” surface.
Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) Extension
San Francisco, California
Photo: © Bruce Damonte & Francis da Silva