The Jewish Museum in Berlin is to get an extension designed by Daniel Libeskind, the original architect, it has been confirmed.
A new academy, which will house a library, archives, educational spaces and offices, will be built on the site of a former flower market next to the current site, in Kreuzberg, central Berlin.
Construction of the 10 million euro (£8.5M) academy, which was granted approval on Monday, will begin next month. It is hoped the building will be completed by 2011.
The sale of the former flower market building, which will be the site for Libeskind’s three oblique cube structures, was approved by Berliner Grossmarkt, the wholesale firm.
Andre Schmitz, the culture state secretary, said Berlin would be “adorned with another spectacular Libeskind building”.
The original Jewish Museum, which opened in 2001, was designed for 300,000 visitors a year. It was Libeskind’s first major project in Berlin, and hailed as a triumph.
The 64-year-old, the son of two Holocaust survivors, has since worked on Copenhagen’s Danish Jewish Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.