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Daniel Libeskind's 'Great Buildings'

Updated 12:45 PM ET, Mon September 24, 2012
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Daniel Libeskind's redesign for the Military History Museum in Dresden is his favorite work. Hufton + Crow
A concrete and steel wedge profoundly changes the museum's purpose, interrupting its historic role as an armory and forcing questions about history and humanity. Hufton + Crow
"It's not just about weapons and rockets and tanks," he says of the redesigned museum, "it's about people's decisions." Hufton + Crow
During the redesign, the buildings original features were also restored. Hufton + Crow
Libeskind says architecture is "a story-telling profession" and a great building is "not just something to think about. It has to be experienced with your feet, eyes, with your ears." Hufton + Crow
The building Libeskind most wishes he had designed is the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. Collection Tour Eiffel
Constructed in 1888, Libeskind admires the boldness of its design and its technological daring. Collection Tour Eiffel
"The technology had never really been used," Libeskind says. "There was no guarantee it would work." Collection Tour Eiffel
Denounced as "monstrous" and "barbaric" when it was first proposed, the Eiffel Tower is now a cherished landmark in the French capital. Libeskind says a great building can change how people see their city. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GettyImages
"Some people think that architecture is like a butterfly -- it can just fly around, it's lightweight, it can do whatever it wants. I think it's more like an elephant: You can dress an elephant in funny clothing and make funny gestures but it's a serious enterprise. It's not something you can fool around with," says Libeskind. ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images