Yad Vashem The New Holocaust History Museum ( Architect Moshe Safdie ) , Jerusal ...
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Description: Yad Vashem The New Holocaust History Museum ( architect Moshe Safdie ) , Jerusalem , Israel . Designed by world renowned architect Moshe Safdie , the new Holocaust History Museum is a prism like triangular structure that penetrates the mountain from one side to the other , with both ends dramatically cantilevering into the open air . The triangular form of the structure was chosen to support the pressure of the earth above the prism while bringing in daylight from above through a 200 meter long glass skylight . The skylight allows gleams of daylight to contrast with darker areas required for multimedia presentations . Within the galleries , light enters through localized skylights varying from diffused to clear glass , depending on the requirements of each exhibit . The entire structure of the museum—floors , wall , interior and exterior—are reinforced concrete . Throughout the prism , the triangular cross section varies , becoming narrower at the center . The warped surface formed by this variation , amplified by a gently sloping floor , creates a changing sequence of spaces and gives the illusion of descending deep into the mountain . As the route nears its northern exit , the floor begins to ascend and the triangle opens up again , with the exit bursting forth from the mountain’s slope to a dramatic view of modern day Jerusalem . The New Museum consists of the Holocaust History Museum and within it the Hall of Names , the Museum of Holocaust Art , and the Exhibitions Pavilion . The New Holocaust History Museum A decade in the making , the new Holocaust History Museum combines the best of Yad Vashem’s expertise , resources and state of the art exhibits to take Holocaust remembrance well into the 21st century . The new Holocaust History Museum occupies over 4 , 200 square meters , mainly underground . Both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary , it presents the story of the Shoah from a unique Jewish perspective , emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifac