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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Inside The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Otherwise Known As That Big, Crooked Cube

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 10:52 AM


Ever wonder what's inside that giant upsided, blue cube looming over Jessie Street downtown? First thing's first: it's the future home of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (slated for opening June 8), designed by famed/ridiculed architect Daniel Libeskind in the former spot of a PG&E Power Substation. Here's the skinny from Curbed SF along with an extensive interior photo gallery:

  • "Libeskind was inspired by the Hebrew phrase "L'Chiam," (To Life), and based his design on the two symbolic Hebrew letters of "chai"— the "chet" and "yud.""

  • "The opening of the CJM marks the first time the PG&E substation will be accessible to the public in over one hundred years."

  • "Over 3,000 blue plates were installed on the outside. No, they will not fade or chalk given that no dyes or pigments were used to create the color."

    Image courtesy/JMSF

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