Architecture

The Jakobsplatz Jewish Center

St.-Jakobs-Platz, adjacent to Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, is home to a new building complex which includes the Jewish Museum run by the city of Munich, as well as the new Jewish Center run by the Jewish community. Saarbrücken-based architects Wandel Hoefer Lorch, commissioned with the design of the entire complex, have given the three buildings a unified appearance by using the same material on all facades. At the same time, St.-Jakobs-Platz is being redesigned into an arena for urban life that can serve many different purposes.

The Main Synagogue

The cornerstone for Munich’s new main synagogue was laid on November 9, 2003, sixty-five years after the November pogrom and the destruction of the city’s synagogues. Inspired by two recurring architectural forms in the history of Judaism, the temple and the tent, the new synagogue fluctuates between stability and flexibility. These two states significantly govern the actual interior and exterior of the space.

The Community Center

The new multipurpose community center has been created to meet the religious, social and cul-tural needs of a rapidly growing community. With the increased immigration of individuals from the CIS states of the former Soviet Union, the Jewish community has grown to include approximately 9,000 members. The center will provide services that range from a public elementary school, a kindergarten and a youth center, to a community auditorium, kosher restaurant, and the administrative offices and social services department of the Jewish community.

The Jewish Museum

The third building on this site, designed as a freestanding cube, is the Jewish Museum run by the city of Munich. Its transparent ground floor lobby, glazed on all four sides, functions not only as a display window but also as a public space. Here, visitors can find the information desk, museum bookstore, and Café-Bar. The two floors above house our changing exhibitions, Learning Center, and Library. The Jewish Museum’s permanent exhibition is located on the lower level.

Synagogue and Community Center:

Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria

Building Owners and Contractors

Museum and Redesign of St.-Jakobs-Platz:

City of Munich

Synagogue, Community Center and Museum:

Wandel Hoefer Lorch Architects, Saarbrücken

Architecture

Exhibition Design:

Martin Kohlbauer, Vienna

Landscape Design (St.-Jakobs-Platz):

Regina Poly, Landscape Architect, Berlin

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© Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

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© Roland Halbe, Stuttgart

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© Roland Halbe, Stuttgart