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Plans Announced For Libeskind Designed Museum Of Kurdish Culture


After six years of rumours, Studio Libeskind, the architecture practice of New Yorker Daniel Libeskind, has officially unveiled plans for the first major museum dedicated to Kurdish culture in in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


The Kurdistan Museum, if and when building gets underway, will be at the base of Erbil’s citadel, on a footprint of some 14,000 square metres. However, it remains a big ‘if’. In the way of it moving from drawings to reality are the on-going conflict with ISIL and the financial crisis facing the Kurdistan Regional Government. In a statement Studio Libeskind said, “The Kurds in Iraq are currently engaged in fighting the Islamic State, which has been covered widely by the international media. The construction of the museum will begin once the region is stabilised and the threat posed by ISIS [ISIL] is minimised.


“The Kurdistan Regional Government’s financial resources have been drained by their epic struggle, so to achieve this vision they are inviting outside financial support for the project.”


Plans for the project will draw on the regions natural beauty, with “the Liberty Line, features a greenery-laced lattice structure that ascends toward the sky and culminates with ‘an eternal flame’,” Libeskind said, and a water feature that extends inside from a courtyard. The Anfal Line will commemorate the genocide of Kurds under Saddam Hussein.


The design of the structure will be recognizably Libeskind, with sharp angles and interlocking angles. More photos can be viewed here.


Studio Libeskind has also proposed projects for a skyscraper in Basra and a public library in Baghdad.

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