Reflections at Keppel Bay

Keppel Bay, Singapore Completed

Standing at the entrance to historic Keppel Harbor, six undulating towers and 11 low-rise villa apart­ments offer sustainable living, views and privacy for residents in 1,129 apartments. The artful composition of the sleek curving towers affords the delight of visual complexity and provides enough spatial gaps and shifting orientations to multiply the views of the ocean, Sentosa Island, the golf course and Mount Faber. Two distinct typologies of housing—along the waterfront the lower Villa blocks and, set just behind, the towers ranging from 24 to 41 floors—create an airy, light-filled grouping of short and tall towers, none of which has…

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Sapphire

Berlin, Germany Completed

This residential commission in Germany brought Daniel Libeskind back to Berlin for his first residential project in the city. The project, located on a busy corner in the Mitte neighborhood in central Berlin, presented a design challenge:  how to carve out 73 desirable one- to four-bedroom apartments on a plot measuring a little less than half an acre? In large part, Studio Daniel Libeskind succeeded by incorporating large angular windows and canted walls that bring in natural light and invoke a feeling of spaciousness. The design team also added a dramatic flourish:  atop the roof and visible above the façade is…

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Zlota 44

Warsaw, Poland Completed

Daniel Libeskind returned to his native country to create this predominately residential skyscraper in central Warsaw in association with Polish architects Artchitecture. High-rise residential living is new to Warsaw; this 54-floor tower is expected to provide a model from which a new skyline will emerge. To preserve precious daylight amid a dense and historic urban fabric, the team meticulous sculpted the buildings’ form with the arc of the sun path, allowing for maximum daylight to reach neighboring buildings. The wing-shaped façade counters the Communist-era Palace of Culture situated directly across. Zlota represents a new Warsaw with great aspirations. AWARDS RECEIVED…

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Vitra

São Paulo, Brazil Completed

A luminous residential tower in the Itaim Bibi district, near a number of the city’s main thoroughfares, offering quick and easy access to the popular Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks, Vitra is Studio Libeskind’s first project in South America. A bold, sculptural design, the multi-faceted glass tower includes 14 floor-through apartments.  A shaped composition of glass balconies with green gardens articulates the form amidst a play of transparency and opaqueness. Soon to assume its place at the highest end of São Paulo’s residential market, Vitra contains only one apartment per floor—and each floor plan is unique.   A two-floor penthouse occupies the…

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Citylife Masterplan

Milan, Italy Under construction

  In 2004 Studio Libeskind, in conjunction with Zaha Hadid Architects and Arata Isozaki & Associates, won the competition in Italy for a master plan to develop and reconnect the existing city fabric of Milan to an abandoned 61 acre site, formerly home to the Fiera Milano, the city’s historic fairgrounds. Close to the center of the new grand central park will be three iconic commercial high rise buildings, with each skyscraper designed by one of the contributing architects. This component of the site is deliberately concentrated in order to maximize space for an open public park, a piazza and…

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18.36.54

Connecticut, USA Completed

This gleaming, chocolate-colored structure, designed as one folded plan, and set into the green Connecticut countryside. Created for a client that wanted a mixture of the avant-garde and the cozy, the tour-de-force is clad in mirror-finish, bronzed stainless steel.  Studio Libeskind specified the cladding to accentuate luster and exaggerate the changes of light and season.  The interior is solid stained white oak. Within the scrolling of the ribbon, enclosure is achieved via large glass planes that at junctures virtually disappear.  There are porches on every side and from the interior, unimpeded picturesque views of hay meadows and distant foothills. The…

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Century Spire

Manila, Philippines Under construction

Century Spire is a mixed-used, 60-story tower in Makati City, the Philippines’ financial and economic hub. Century Spire is a glass-clad high-rise tower that expands with a dramatic crown, as it rises. As the Century Spire’s tower shaft extrudes upwards from the street, it divides subtly into three branches that rise to different heights. Studio Libeskind creates a design crescendo at the top of the tower by placing a glass-clad form between the two highest tower shafts. Introducing this fourth volume at the crown also serves to provide more floor space for the spacious, light-filled penthouses with spectacular views of…

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Denver Art Museum Residences

Denver, Colorado, USA Completed

The Museum Residences sit directly across the plaza from the iconic extension to the Denver Art Museum, also by Studio Libeskind. Clad in a translucent glass skin and shard-like metal panels the Residences complement the titanium-clad Museum. The syncopated rhythm of windows and loggias, and the geometric façade elements are among the qualities that earned this 127,000 square-foot residential and retail building an Award of Honor for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects (2008). The project came to be shortly after Studio Libeskind was hired for the museum commission, when the project expanded to include an above-ground parking…

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Dancing Towers

Seoul, South Korea In design

The design concept for the three 41-story residential towers in Seoul, South Korea was inspired by a traditional Korean Buddhist dance, Seung-Moo, wherein the billowing sleeves of a dancer’s gown are gracefully propelled by her movements.  In this case, a subtle rotation in the form of the towers creates the illusion of movement. Sophisticated engineering makes this illusion possible.  Floor weight is supported by a central concrete core and alternating cantilevered fin walls, allowing for column-free buildings that enable the forms to twist, creating the illusion of ‘dancing,’ while opening up interior spaces for panoramic views. The general location and…

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CityLife Residences

Milan, Italy Completed

The Libeskind residences employ the classical courtyard configuration and naturalistic materials of an historic Milanese neighborhood, while presenting an asymmetrical layering of the façade. The residential buildings are sited on the perimeter of the site to the south and rise towards the park to the north. The facades are clad in a finely textured, light grey tile, developed for the project by the Italian tile company Casalgrande Padana. Undulating outdoor spaces create a rhythmic pattern and are draped with a brise soleils, made with new, highly-sustainable composite wood. Each building is topped off by double-height penthouses, conceived as villas, with…

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Corals at Keppel Bay

Singapore Completed

Corals is a highly sustainable mid-rise residential complex situated on the historic King’s Dock on Keppel Bay in Singapore. The 11-building complex ranges in height from 4 to 12 stories and is comprised of 366 luxurious waterfront homes.  In contrast to the conventional approach of building up the along the shoreline,  Studio Libeskind carefully sited Corals in a V-formation, keeping the ocean frontage open, and  thus allowing for spectacular views of the bay from even the furthest set back units. Clad in a naturalistic palette of glazed, white metal tile and glass panels, the facades of each building create an undulating rhythm…

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The Villa – Libeskind Signature Series

Datteln, Germany Completed

This four bedroom, two-floor home while completed in Germany can be constructed and shipped to almost any location in the world within months and assembled by a team of experts within weeks. A limited edition of 30 have been created. Made of wood from renewable sources, zinc, and aluminum, the 5,000 square foot, German-made structure meets the highest standards of design and craftsmanship and complies with the highest energy-saving standards in the world. The prefabricated structure is composed of three interlocking ribbons with striking angles, creating an asymmetrical, double height, and dynamic interior.  The Villa fills a niche in the…

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Tour Signal La Defense Competition

Paris, France In competition

Daniel Libeskind’s proposal for Tour Signal radiates a vibrant new spirit for this mixed-use development located in France in the City of Paris. The building is composed of two intertwined ribbons that spiral together formally and programmatically. The interstitial space between the two ribbons would be filled with southern-facing vertical gardens, creating biotopes for workers, visitors and residents, and illuminating the sky with life. These unique vertical gardens bring innovation to 21st-century towers, allowing nature to fill not only the parks, but the City’s skylines as well. The tower has a multitude of uses, including office, residential, hotel, entertainment, culture, retail,…

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Magnet

Tirana, Albania Completed

Studio Libeskind’s first project in Albania, the Magnet housing development, consists of a master plan for a new residential neighborhood within walking distance of Tirana’s city center, along with the design for the first 13,000 sq.m tower within the master plan to serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the entire district. The thirteen story tower is crescent-shaped in plan, rising with stepped terraces toward a crescendo of 45 meters-high at the western tip.  The ridges of the undulating façade and the peaked penthouse silhouettes echo the surrounding mountain range seen beyond the city skyline from the terraces and balconies of…

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L Tower & Sony Centre

Toronto, Canada Completed

Studio Libeskind viewed the repurposing of a mid-modern theater into the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts as an opportunity to integrate city life with culture and the arts in Toronto, Canada.  Working as part of a public/private partnership, the firm situated a 58-floor condominium tower next to the performing arts center and created a public plaza along the west side of the redevelopment. The L Tower extrudes upward, with bold, clean lines, until it expands with a dramatic curve at the top of the tower.  The functional form: tapering backward prevents shadows from being cast onto the adjacent Berczy…

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Haeundae Udong Hyundai I’Park

Busan, South Korea Completed

Here, on the waterfront of the southern city of Busan, the largest city in South Korea after Seoul, Studio Libeskind created the tallest residential tower in Asia*.  The Haeundae Udong   mixed-use project also encompasses two other residential towers, a 34-floor high-rise hotel, an office tower, and a three-floor retail building with residential units—altogether a 4 ½ million-square-foot development. Instead of simply extruding the footprints of these oceanside buildings, Studio Libeskind varied the heights, curved the façades and tapered the profiles to create a sculptural composition on the horizon.  The curvilinear geometry serves a sustainability strategy, harvesting and modulating natural light. …

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The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge

Covington, Kentucky, USA Completed

The curving crescent form and sloping roofline of this 20-story residential tower built in Covington, Kentucky were designed to maximize views for residents to have unobstructed visibility from every unit towards the Cincinnati skyline that sits across the Ohio River. The reflections of sky and river also introduce an accent of blue to an otherwise earth-tone palette.  In its ascending height, the form of the building mimics the suspension cables of the nearby Roebling’s Bridge, a central feature of Covington’s waterfront, and links the lower residential structures to the east with the more modern commercial buildings to the west. Reaching 300 feet at…

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