Confronting Berlin's Legacy

He has been called a "maverick" by fellow architect Peter Cook, someone who "attempts to dart across all the carefully documented niceties of task, place and space." Design fans will soon have two opportunities to view the striking, often controversial work of Polish-born architect Daniel Libeskind.

The new Jewish Museum of Berlin, a shiny metal structure with zigzagging crevices on the façade that resemble a broken Star of David, opens with its permanent collection on Sept. 9. Meanwhile, starting June 17 in London's Hyde Park, Libeskind's shrunken, horizontal version of his proposed Spiral extension...

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