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Berlin was devastated during World War II, but the city has since been rebuilding itself on the ruins of the past. The capital is now home to some impressive feats of Modernist architecture, from Brutalist to Bauhaus, and it has ushered in a new era of utopian aesthetics and Postmodern design. Discover these treasures of Berlin’s modern architectural landscape.
The Jewish Museum is one of the largest museums of Jewish culture and history in Europe, exploring nearly two millennia of German-Jewish society. The building itself is equally noteworthy, consisting of two main structures: an older, Baroque palace that has been supplemented by a zinc-panelled monolith of an extension designed by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind. The 2001 extension is symbolically rich, with empty “voids” appearing regularly throughout the building to represent, in Libeskind’s words, “that which can never be exhibited when it comes to Jewish Berlin history: humanity reduced to ashes”.