Andrew Michler

National Museum of American Jewish History Protected by a Terra Cotta Eco Facade

by , 04/25/11
filed under: Architecture

Ennead Architects, museum design, Jewish Museum, Green building Philadelphia,screen facade, terra cotta wall, National Museum of American Jewish History, eco facade, green facade, green museum,

Michael Rosenzweig, the President and CEO of the museum writesWhile the Museum will connect Jews more closely with their heritage, it will also give all visitors a greater appreciation of the diversity of the American experience and the freedoms to which all Americans aspire.” The architects used this theme as the guiding principle of the museum’s profile — the glass front expresses the openness and fragility of freedom, but behind the curtain wall is an interesting terra cotta tiled wall system that is both traditional and forward thinking. It represents the security that freedom affords American citizens with it heavy red grid structure floating above a transparent ground floor.

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