The opening of the Jewish Academy means that the nearby Jewish Museum Berlin now has access to a research centre which connects various educational institutions.
The building houses a library, an archive and offices. Here, the focus is on intercultural education within a composite society. The Academy is open to the public and organises the wide-reaching future educational work of the Jewish Museum, including guided tours, school projects, seminars and teacher training. Architect Daniel Libeskind designed the new Academy building in the site of Berlin’s former flower market. The entrance area, which is shaped like a downward-sloping cube, leads to a well-lit hall featuring rough-hewn timber on which the first letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Alef and Bet appear in the form of skylights. Two additional wooden cubes, which are thrust forwards against each other at angles, house a large hall which seats 199 people, along with the new open access library with a reading room and an archive.