3. Dresden Museum of Military History

Architect: Daniel Libeskind

Location: Dresden, Germany

In 2011, architect Daniel Libeskind aggressively innovative design for the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany drove a glass and steel shard through the existing building (which had been closed for 22 years). In doing so, Libeskind created a striking new monument and made the institution the largest museum in Germany. The intent was to be a bit violent, jar emotion, and set a distinct tone for the Military History Museum. It worked.