09-03-2005

Dresden. New synagogue. Wendel Hoefer Lorch Hirsch

Wendel Hoefer Lorch Hirsch,

Dresden, Germany,

Shrine,

Stone,

Dresden¿s new synagogue stands on the site Gottfried Semper¿s synagogue stood until Kristallnacht on November 9 1938.



Dresden. New synagogue. Wendel Hoefer Lorch Hirsch The interior of the building is very different from its exterior, which is more compact and concentrated.
The solution employed involves insertion of a series of metal elements suspended from the roof, giving the synagogue a particularly airy, light appearance.The furnishings are made of wood and bronze ? materials chosen for their ability to create a bright yet warm atmosphere.
Natural light flows in from above through a series of square skylights, while artificial lighting comes from thin metal wires suspended from the ceiling and ending in "drops".The cultural centre contrasts with the synagogue, presenting a series of openings with wooden finishes. Wood also appears in the partition walls inside the building. Despite the use of different solutions, the synagogue and the cultural centre share a monolithic character, as if they were intended to create a well-defined space sheltered from the outside world. Construction of the new complex was funded by the regional government of Saxony, the city of Dresden and private foundations.

Laura Della Badia

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