An architect of memories

Last night I was lucky enough to attend a interview recording with Daniel Libeskind as part of the RIBA & BBC Dream builders series.

Libeskind discussed his life before architecture and how this clearly influences his work, something he refers to as ‘predictable human energy’. Born in Poland to Jewish holocaust survivors he concentrated primarily on the Jewish Museum in Berlin (1999), Imperial War Museum of the North (2001) and his ‘healing of New York’ with the master planning of Ground Zero. 

The Jewish Museum Berlin – opened to the public in 2001.

During the interview, Razia Iqbal quoted Frank Gehry by saying, ‘Daniel Libeskind is the architect of memories’. For me this is definitely the case. His architecture provokes emotion, often disrupting your senses – Angled floors are commonplace when Libeskind wants you to feel uneasy about the subject matter. Having visited the Jewish Museum myself I can agree that the memory has stayed with me. 

From critic, to set designer, to architect, Libeskind is truly inspiring and provided a totally absorbing interview. He even had time to quote Proust, Shakespeare and Aristotle.