Skip to Content
photo of ANOHA – The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin

ANOHA – The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany

ANOHA – The Children’s World of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany

  • Design Principal

    Alan Maskin

ANOHA – The Children’s World is an expansion of the Jewish Museum Berlin designed explicitly for the museum’s youngest visitors, children between the ages of three and ten. ANOHA combines the story of Noah from the Torah with interactive exhibits that teach children about caring for the environment and the importance of supporting one another and working together.

ANOHA features a new circular ark structure constructed from wood and placed within the 70,000-square-foot (6,500-square-meter) former flower market hall. Rather than mimic historic biblical ark forms, ANOHA is a modern ark inspired by two seemingly disparate sources: an ancient Sumerian text discovered a decade ago that describes a circular ark, and the ship from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The new ark structure’s curvilinear form offers a softening counterpoint to the rectilinear concrete structure of the hall that contains it—and allows for a passive design that is unusual in museum buildings. Naturally ventilated and passively lit, the ark is populated with interactive play experiences that include an ark design/build activity, and many activities for visitors to help care for a menagerie of 150 animals fabricated locally from re-used objects.

Our design approach was to create a modern retelling of the ancient story of Noah's Ark – an experience that provides a sense of hope and possibility to the people who will visit it. Alan Maskin

Team

Publications

2019

Badelt, Udo. “Lachen und lernen in der Arche Noah.” Der Tagesspiegel, 26 Sep. 2019. Web.

Badelt, Udo. “Von der Sintflut erzählen.” Der Tagesspiegel, 27 Sep. 2019, 24. Print.

Badelt, Udo. “Von der Sintflut erzählen.” Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, 27 Sep. 2019, 24. Print.

“Das Jüdische Museum eröffnet eine Kinder-Arche.” BZ/BZ am Sonntag, 27 Sep. 2019, 27. Print.

Di Blasi, Johanna. “Die Rückkehr der Arche Noah.” Berliner Morgenpost, 27 Sep. 2019, 1, 17. Print.

Di Blasi, Johanna. “Die Rückkehr der Arche Noah im Jüdischen Museum.” Berliner Morgenpost, 27 Sep. 2019. Web.

“Die Arche Noah steht schon.” Der Tageszeitung, 27 Sep. 2019, 21. Print.

“Entdecken, Erforschen, Spielen.” Jüdische Allgemeine, 17 Sep. 2019. Web.

Frey, Thomas. “Auf der Baustelle des neuen Kindermuseums des Jüdischen Museums.” Berliner Woche, 16 Oct. 2019. Web.

Lenz, Susanne. “Alle en Bord!” Berliner Zeitung, 27 Sep. 2019, 12. Print.

Lovell, Sophie. “Ark Rival.” Wallpaper*, October 2019, 257-258. Print.

Lovell, Sophie. “Olson Kundig’s children’s museum at Jewish Museum Berlin is inspired by Noah’s Ark.” Wallpaper*, 26 Sep. 2019. Web.

Schmedding, Nina. “Rund wie ein Bagel.” Jüdische Allgemeine, 27 Sep. 2019. Web.

2016

“Berlin plans Jewish museum for children inspired by Noah’s Ark.” ARTERY NYC, 11 Aug. 2016. Web.

“Competition for a Children’s Museum the Jewish Museum Berlin: Winner Announced.” Jewish Museum Berlin, 25 July 2016. Web.

“Competition for a Children’s Museum at the Jewish Museum Berlin: Winner Announced.” Noodls, 22 July 2016. Web.

Edelson, Zach. “Olson Kundig Owner/Principal Alan Maskin wins Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation competition.” The Architect’s Newspaper, 2 Aug. 2016. Web.

Hickley, Catherine. “Berlin plans Jewish museum for children inspired by Noah’s Ark.” The Art Newspaper, 11 Aug. 2016. Web. 

Johnson, Sara. “Jewish Museum Berlin Kindermuseum Olson Kundig.” Architect, 3 Aug. 2016. Web.

“Kindermuseum des Jüdischen Museums Wettbewerb in Berlin entschieden.” BauNetz, 22 July 2016. Web.

“OK’s Alan Maskin wins Berlin prize.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 10 Aug. 2016. Web.

“OLSON KUNDIG DESIGNS CHILDREN MUSEUM IN THE JEWISH MUSEUM BERLIN NARRATED WITH NOAH’S EPIC STORY.” World Architecture Community, 4 Aug. 2016. Web.

“Olson Kundig gana el concurso para el nuevo Museo infantil del Museo Judio de Berlín.” Metalocus, 4 Aug. 2016. Web.

Parker, Sydney. “Seattle’s Olson Kundig to design a Noah’s Ark-themed children’s museum.” BuzzBuzzNews, 9 Aug. 2016. Web.

Speros, Will. “Olson Kundig Wins Competition to Design Jewish Museum Berlin’s Kindermuseum.” Contract, 9 Aug. 2016. Web.

Testado, Justine. “First glimpse: Olson Kundig’s winning Noah’s Ark concept for the Jewish Museum Berlin.” Bustler, 3 Aug. 2016. Web.

Testado, Justine. “Olson Kundig, Junya Ishigami, and the AIA National Healthcare Design Awardees are among this week’s winners.” Archinect, 9 Aug. 2016. Web.

Testado, Justine. “Olson Kundig will design the Noah’s Ark-themed Children’s Museum for the Jewish Museum Berlin.” Archinect, 3 Aug. 2016. Web.

“US-Architekten bauen für Kinder im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.” 3sat, 26 July 2016. Web.

“US-Architekten bauen für Kinder im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.” Berlin.de, 22 July 2016. Web.

“US-Architekten bauen für Kinder im Jüdischen Museum Berlin.” T Online, 22 July 2016. Web.

“US-Architekten bauen Kinderabteilung im Jüdischen Museum.” B.Z. Berlin, 22 July 2016. Web.

Welch, Adrian. “Alan Maskin Wins Jewish Museum Berlin Competition.” e-architect, 4 Aug. 2016. Web.

“Wettbewerb für ein Kindermuseum des Jüdischen Museums Berlin entschieden.” Art in Berlin, 26 July 2016. Web.

“Wettbewerb für ein Kindermuseum des Jüdischen Museums Berlin entschieden.” KulturPort.De, 22 July 2016. Web.

Publications

2017

“Costruire cultura ripartendo dai bambini.” Pagine Ebraiche, 9 Sept. 2017, 16. Print.

Goldmann, Ayala. “Mehr Gegenwart wagen.” Judische Allgemeine, 09 Mar. 2017, 3-6. Print.

Muller, Max. “Facelifting in Kreuzberg.” Berliner Morgenpost, 7 Mar. 2017, 7. Print.

Muller, Max. “Grundschuler sind meine Experten.” Tip Berlin, 23 Mar. 2017, 67. Print.

“Museo de los Ninos en el Museo Judio – Berlin.” Future Arquitecturas, May 2017, 49-51. Print.