Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2008, The Contemporary Jewish Museum was originally founded in 1984 in San Francisco, California with the goal of offering contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.

In June 2008, the Museum moved to the Yerba Buena Gardens district of San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. The shape of this thought provoking structure is inspired and modeled off of the Hebrew script for "L'Chaim" which translates "To Life".

3,028 sheets of blue iridescent cross-fire interference stainless steel clad the surface of the museum. Zahner was responsible for the design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of the facade and total building envelope, inclusive of the metal, glass, and substrate. The project uses the Inverted Seam® Roof and Facade System, the most powerful roof and building envelope surface for water control, planar uniformity and long-term performance.

Zahner engineered the skylight windows to integrate into the Inverted Seam® roof and building envelope system, inset with four-sided structural silicone glazing. The 36 custom skylights sit perfectly flush with the surface of the metal, giving the roof and siding a smooth, uniform facing.

Cantilevered section of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

Cantilevered section of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
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Evening photograph of  the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum Evening Photograph of Studio Daniel Libeskind's Contemporary Jewish Museum

 

Evening photograph of the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Contemporary Jewish Museum .
Photo © Bruce Damonte.

Daniel Libeskind examines the light reflectivity of one of Zahner's panels

Daniel Libeskind examines the light reflectivity of one of Zahner's panels.
Photo © Kira Sheman.

The metal panels of the Contemporary Jewish Museum at mid-day

The metal panels of the Contemporary Jewish Museum at mid-day.
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Blue metal panels of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

Blue metal panels of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Photo © A. Zahner Co.

Panels for San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish MuseumContemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco during construction

 

Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco during construction.
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Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco during constructionWhen the sun is at certain angles, the metal panels reflect irridescent colors

 

At certain angles the metal panels reflect iridescent colors.
Photo © Bitterbredt.

Aerial view of the blue metal panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Franicsco

Aerial view of the blue metal panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Franicsco.
Photo © Bitterbredt.

Aerial view of the blue metal panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco

Aerial view of the blue metal panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Photo © Bitterbredt.

Contemporary Jewish MuseumDetail of the blue panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum

 

Detail of the blue panels on the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Photo © Bitterbredt.

The subtle raised edges on the surface of the metal are a custom touch designed by Libeskind. The architect was able to design a custom raised indentation with Zahner design consultants and fabricators using the MetaSystems™ process for automated alteration of the metal surface.

This is the first major project whose facade was produced by Zahner for Daniel Libeskind. Since then Zahner has completed the Libeskind-designed 18.36.54 private residence and summer home in Connecticut, and in 2014, Zahner provided art fabrication on his design for the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial.

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