Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany Completed

The Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in 2001, exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the fourth century to the present, explicitly presenting and integrating, for the first time in postwar Germany, the repercussions of the Holocaust. The new building is housed next to the site of the original Prussian Court of Justice building which was completed in 1735 now serves as the entrance to the new building. Daniel Libeskind’s design, which was created a year before the Berlin Wall came down, was based on three insights:  it is impossible to…

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World Trade Center Master Plan

New York, New York, USA Under construction

In 2002, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announced a competition for a master plan to develop the 16 acres in Lower Manhattan destroyed by the terrorist attack of 9/11. Studio Libeskind’s design, “Memory Foundations,” won the commission. In designing the master site plan, Daniel Libeskind worked closely with all the stakeholders, knowing that it was fundamental to balance the memory of the tragedy with the need to foster a vibrant and working neighborhood. In the end, he devoted half of the 16-acre site to public space, defined by the Memorial and the Memorial Museum, while also setting aside locations…

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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 that opened in 2011 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,…

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Occitanie Tower

Toulouse, France In design

In the historic ‘rose’ city of Toulouse, the sculpted Occitanie Tower will rise 150 meters above the Canal du Midi in the heart of the city’s business district. Set to be the first skyscraper in the city, the tower’s curvaceous form is interrupted by a spiral of greenery that rises from street level up to the 40th floor. The tower includes 11,000 square meters of office space, a Hilton hotel, up to 120 apartments, a restaurant with panoramic views, commercial space for shops, and offices on the ground floor for the railway company SNCF. Construction start date is set for…

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MO Modern Art Museum

Vilnius, Lithuania Completed

Conceived as a cultural gateway that connects the 18th century grid to the medieval walled city, the Studio Libeskind’s design for the MO Modern Art Museum is a destination and new public space for the surrounding neighborhood.  The new museum references the local architecture in form and materials while becoming a modern space dedicated to the exploration of Lithuanian artist works from 1960 to the present.  The collection, belonging to Viktoras Butkus and Danguole Butkiene, co-founders of the non-profit Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius, contains more than 4,000 works including paintings: Vincas Kisarauskas “Falling Broken Man” 1965; Arvydas Saltenis “Woman”…

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Downtown Tower

Vilnius, Lithuania In design

The Downtown Tower-k18B is a harmonious progression of glass volumes that consists of an 18-story  tower, set atop a 6-story podium that are connected by a luminous glass-covered galleria. The tower responds to the “urban hill” concept in the business district—its massing is regulated with the sequential growth of neighboring towers, creating a harmonious urban composition. The geometry creates a unique expression enriching the city skyline and improving its multi-dimensionality. The bold, sculptural design of this multi-faceted glass tower reflects the light, sky and Lithuanian surroundings with a play of transparent and opaque surfaces. The 20,000 square meter building complex…

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Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names

Amsterdam, Netherlands Under construction

Situated along the Weesperstraat, an important axis within the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names is adjacent to the Hermitage Museum, East of the Diaconie’s verdant Hoftuin garden and café, just a stone’s throw from the Amstel River and in close proximity to important Jewish cultural institutions such as the Jewish Historical Museum and the Portuguese Synagogue . The 1,550 square meter memorial incorporates four volumes that represent the letters in the Hebrew word לזכר meaning “In Memory of”. The volumes are arranged in a rectilinear configuration on the north-south axis of the main thoroughfare Weesperstraat and…

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East Thiers Station

Nice, France Under construction

Studio Libeskind, in collaboration with Fevrier Carre Architectes and landscape architect Jean Mus, was selected to design the “Gare Thiers-Est” (East Thiers Station), as a result of an international competition sponsored by the City of Nice. The project involves the design of 20,000 square meters of high-end commercial space that will feature two levels of shops, a 120 room hotel and office spaces, a sculptural entry pavilion, a 200 seat auditorium below grade, and a restaurant offering an open roof terrace with views towards the sea on the top floor. Part of a major urban redevelopment of Thiers central station…

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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 backward curve at the top of the tower that prevents its shadow from being cast onto the adjacent Berczy Park. Inset…

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Tampere Deck and Arena

Tampere, Finland Under construction

The Crown Central Deck and Arena project is an ambitious urban renewal project, situated at a pivotal location within Tampere. It stitches the urban fabric back together across an existing railway and connects East to West, creating a new vibrant hub of high quality living, working, leisure and culture for the city and Finland. The mixed-use program consists of a multi-purpose ice hockey arena with a hotel, five adjacent towers with a podium and includes residences, retail and offices. The arena, which occupies one fifth of the complex, will have the capacity to accommodate 11,000 visitors. With its shopping arcade, bars…

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Ngaren

Kenya In design

World-renowned Paleoanthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey commissioned Studio Libeskind to create an unprecedented science museum dedicated to the story of humankind. Sited on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Rift Valley—the cradle of humankind and where Leakey first discovered the most complete skeleton of early man, Turkana Boy. The design is inspired by the forms of ancient hand axes that were the first tools of early man marking the beginnings of human ingenuity. The monolithic volumes rise like vertical stalactite set against the dramatic landscape of greater Nairobi in Loodariak. Through a series of interactive, cutting-edge exhibition spaces, Ngaren will…

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Ogden Center for Fundamental Physics at Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom Completed

Durham University commissioned Studio Libeskind to create a new university building that will accommodate their expanding student body and staff, as well as house a new research facility for the study of fundamental physics. The new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics provides seventy-two new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC)  the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). At the core of the design’s concept is an emphasis on natural light and openness.  A spiral in plan, the Ogden Centre appears to…

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Sapphire

Berlin, Germany Completed

The Sapphire (Chau 43) residential development 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, transformed a derelict, diminutive and seemingly unusable site into landmark residences. The design carves out 73 one- to four-bedroom apartments on a plot measuring less than half an acre. Studio Libeskind incorporated large angular windows and canted walls that bring in natural light and invoke a feeling of spaciousness. Atop the roof and visible above the façade is the upward sweep of a double-height glass ceiling:…

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Zlota 44

Warsaw, Poland Completed

Daniel Libeskind returned to his native country to create this residential tower in central Warsaw. The tower offers residents an unmatched living experience, providing world-class amenities and services that create a community and lifestyle that is unprecedented in the Polish property market. Zlota44 was Europe’s tallest high-rise residential tower when the building was completed. The 54-floor tower created a new model for luxury living in one of Europe’s fastest growing economic centers. To preserve precious daylight amid a dense and historic urban fabric, the team meticulously sculpted the buildings’ form with the arc of the sun path, allowing for maximum daylight…

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Museum of Zhang Zhidong

Wuhan, China Completed

Located at the site of Wuhan’s old steelworks, Studio Libeskind’s design is a sweeping ark-like structure that is hoisted above the surrounding plaza by two steel and glass structures. The gravity defying form is clad in geometric steel panels, reminiscent of the industries’ past.  Once inside, visitors climb the main staircase that connects to the exhibition spaces above where they are divided into four themes about the accomplishments and ideas surrounding the life of Zhang Zhidong. The exhibition also includes various collaborations with local artists who explore aspects of the differing themes through installations and interactive works of art. On…

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CityLife, PwC Tower

Milano, Italy Under construction

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower designed by Studio Libeskind, will complete the business district of the CityLife master plan in Milan. Close to the center of the new grand central park it is one of three iconic commercial high rise buildings.  Situated between towers designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Arata Isozaki & Associates who won the competition in conjuction with Studio Libeskind in 2004. The Libeskind Tower draws on the sphere for inspiration and slopes inward towards it’s counterparts and the central park below. PricewaterhouseCoopers will become the single tenant of the Libeskind Tower at CityLife and will house 3,000 professionals,…

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Sumner Houses

Brooklyn In design

Studio Libeskind is leading the design team creating an affordable housing and community center building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) neighborhood of Brooklyn. The team includes Selfhelp Community Services, RiseBoro Community Partnership and Urban Builders Collaborative/Lettire. The project is part of the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) “Seniors First” program, part of the Housing New York 2.0 plan, a commitment to build senior housing on NYCHA-owned land. For the duration of the 99-year ground lease, the apartments at Sumner Houses will be affordable to extremely low, very low, and low-income individuals. Entitled “The Atrium at Sumner,” the building will play…

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Vanke Pavilion

Milan, Italy Completed

The corporate pavilion for Vanke China explores key issues related to the theme of the Expo Milano 2015, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The concept for the Vanke Pavilion incorporates three ideas drawn from Chinese culture related to food: the shi-tang, a traditional Chinese dining hall; the landscape, the fundamental element to life; and the dragon, which is metaphorically related to farming and sustenance. All three of these concepts are incorporated in the Vanke Pavilion’s exhibition, architecture and program. Situated on the southeast edge of the Lake Arena, the 800-square meter pavilion appears to rise from the east, forming…

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National Holocaust Monument

Ottawa, Canada Completed

The National Holocaust Monument, established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada, will ensure a permanent, national symbol that will honor and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and recognize Canadian survivors. The Monument stands on a .79 acre site at the intersection of Wellington and Booth Streets within the historic LeBreton Flats in Ottawa, symbolically located across from the Canadian War Museum. The Monument honors the millions of innocent men, women and children who were murdered under the Nazi regime and recognize those survivors who were able to eventually make Canada their home. The Monument…

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Royal Ontario Museum

Toronto, Canada Completed

The extension to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), now named the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, is situated at one of the most prominent intersections in downtown Toronto. It is the largest Museum in Canada and attracts more than a million visitors a year. Its new name is derived from the building’s five intersecting metal-clad volumes, which are reminiscent of crystals—inspired by the crystalline forms in the ROM’s mineralogy galleries. Libeskind created a structure of organically interlocking prismatic forms turning this important corner of Toronto, and the entire museum complex, into a luminous beacon. The design succeeds at inviting glimpses up, down,…

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Kurdistan Museum

Erbil, Iraq In design

The site of the new Kurdistan Museum will be the first major institution to dedicate itself to the preservation and education of the Kurds’ national heritage to the region and the world. In collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government and client representative RWF World, the team has embarked on a visionary project to share the story of the Kurdish people with the world and inspire an open dialogue for the future generations within Kurdistan. Situated at the base of the ancient Citadel, in the center of Erbil, Iraq, the 150,000 square-foot museum will feature exhibition spaces for both permanent and…

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Vitra

São Paulo, Brazil Completed

Studio Libeskind’s first project in South America. Vitra is a luminous glass-clad, high-rise residential project in the Itaim Bibi district of São Paulo, near a number of the city’s main thoroughfares, offering access to the popular Ibirapuera and Do Povo parks. The bold, sculptural design features a multi-faceted glass façade embedded with balconies that form a geometric pattern across the façade. The building is engaged in a play of transparency and opaqueness: with the progression of the sun, the glass shifts between a perfect mirror of the sky and dynamic São Paulo city life, and a transparent geometric composition. Vitra…

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Kö-Bogen Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany Completed

Kö-Bogen, or the `King’s Bow,’ is a LEED Platinum rated large-scale office and retail complex whose sinuous form hugs the point where the Königsallee Boulevard, Düsseldorf’s primary thoroughfare, converges with the newly created Hofgarten promenade. By artfully connecting the city’s central park and historic commercial center—and by expanding public space and inserting landscape elements—Studio Libeskind produced a mixed-use commercial complex that is a dynamic new attraction in the heart of Düsseldorf, Germany. The complex sits on two plots, comprised of two structures—one to the east, the other to the west—separated on the ground by a central pedestrian passageway and joined…

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Kodrina Master Plan

Pristina, Kosovo In design

Studio Libeskind (in collaboration with !melk and Buro Happold Engineering) has won the international design competition for the 47 acre “Kodrina” development, in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. The Master Plan comprises 5,000,000 sq ft of residential program and 600,000 sq ft of commercial program, as well as a cultural center with a central plaza and a 5 acre park. This large project is an important new development for Pristina and is regarded a precedent for mixed-use developments in the Kosovo region. Studio Libeskind’s winning plan will create a place for the people of Kosovo that is clearly organized yet varied,…

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Through the Lens of Faith

Oświęcim, Poland Completed

Through the Lens of Faith is an outdoor installation designed in association with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum that is installed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland.  The temporary installation is composed of 21 color portraits taken by Caryl Englander of Jewish, Polish Catholic and Sinti survivors of the camp. The photographs were taken over a course of three years. Caryl Englander selected her subjects from survivor networks associated with the Amud Aish Memorial Museum in Brooklyn.  Englander captures her subjects intimately, in their homes, many look directly into the lens—often with their sleeve rolled up to reveal…

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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Grand Canal Commercial Development

Dublin, Ireland Completed

Located on the Dublin waterfront, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, formerly the Grand Canal Theatre, is a 2,000-seat theater at the heart of a multi-use complex conceived for by the City of Dublin as part of a plan to revitalize its docklands. Studio Daniel Libeskind completed the theatre in 2010 and an office complex called the Grand Canal Harbour development a year later. The theater overlooks a public plaza designed by Martha Schwartz Associates. Like a grand outdoor lobby, the plaza invites the public to view the soaring glass façade of the theater much like a glass curtain, which tilts…

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Imperial War Museum North

Manchester, United Kingdom Completed

The Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) in Manchester, England, tells the story of how war has affected the lives of British and the Commonwealth citizens since 1914. The design concept is a globe shattered into fragments and then reassembled. The interlocking of three of these fragments—representing earth, air, and water—comprise the building’s form. The Earth Shard forms the museum space, signifying the open, earthly realm of conflict and war; the Air Shard serves as a dramatic entry into the museum, with its projected images, observatories and education spaces; and the Water Shard forms the platform for viewing the canal, complete…

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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 encompasses residential towers, a hotel, an office tower, and a three-floor retail building with residential units—altogether a 4 ½ million-square-foot development. Instead of a simple extrusion of 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.  The concept is…

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Verve

Frankfurt, Germany Under construction

Situated in the thriving Riedberg neighborhood of Frankfurt, seven residential villas create the new Verve development. Each four story building is designed as three intersecting volumes with a naturalistic palette of materials that reflect the character of the surrounding area. Curved wood slatted screens wrap the buildings at different intervals creating an asymmetrical layering, while providing passive solar shading and privacy for each unit. Spacious balconies providing sightlines to the neighboring Kätcheslach Park, and ground-floor units have private garden terraces. The floor plan of each unit is unique and focuses on well-being and energy efficiency. The project concept arrives from…

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Facing Gaia

Venice, Italy Completed

Facing Gaia is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Time Space Existence” at the Venice Architectural Biennale.  The tower is located in the Giardini della Marinaressa, a public park adjacent to the entrance of the Giardini of Biennale  Reminiscent of ancient forms while employing advanced materials, the project explores the continuum of time, space and existence through the relationship between the planet and humanity. Standing at 12-meters-tall at the edge of the Adriatic Sea, the gleaming white, monolithic tower is bisected by a floating amorphous void.  The undulating mirror-finished space in between represents the infinite and the finite, the possible…

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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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Lotte Mall Songdo & Officetel

Songdo, South Korea Under construction

Located in the commercial and retail heart of the South Korean Songdo International Business District (New Songdo City) a 600 hectare waterfront development, Studio Libeskind designed the Lotte Mall Songdo and Officetel Towers to create a 21st-century live-work experience. The Lotte Mall Songdo is inspired by the aesthetics of Korean efficiency and luxury, with a form that is composed of glass, greenery and steel.  The round entrance and the broad site plan create differentiated areas, allowing for a diversity of light, lines and form. The new towers are visible beyond the shopping center’s asymmetric façade, creating a balance between the low…

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CityLife Residences

Milan, Italy Completed

The residences designed by Studio Libeskind 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…

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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 the…

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Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Frederic C. Hamilton Building

Denver, Colorado, USA Completed

Studio Libeskind’s extension to the Denver Art Museum is the Studio’s first building to reach completion in the USA.  Silhouetted against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Libeskind’s design consists of a series of geometric volumes inspired by the peaks and valleys of the mountain range.  A sharply angled cantilevered section juts across the street, pointing towards the existing Museum by Milanese architect Gio Ponti, which first opened in 1971. The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, as the 146,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum extension is named, is clad in an innovative new surface with 9,000 titanium panels that cover the building’s surface…

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco, California, USA Completed

Studio Libeskind designed this new museum in the heart of downtown San Francisco as an ode to dialogue, inserting its angled, glowing blue steel-clad structure within a historic red brick power plant from the 19th century. The building design is based on the two Hebrew letters spelling “L’Chaim,” which means “To Life.” Following the Jewish tradition, according to which letters are not mere signs, but substantial participants in the story they create, the ‘chet’ provides an overall continuity for the exhibition and educational spaces, and the ‘yud,’ with its 36 windows, serves as special exhibition, performance and event space. The…

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Military History Museum

Dresden, Germany Completed

Now the official museum of the German Armed Forces, the Dresden Museum of Military History has assumed varying and contradictory identities across its history. The building began its life as an armory, before becoming the Saxon Army Museum, followed by a stint as a Nazi military museum, then a Soviet and East German Museum. Uncertain of the institution’s role in the reunified state, the German government closed the museum and launched an international competition to redesign the structure. Studio Libeskind was selected as design architect for the extension in 2001, after presenting a bold design outside the competition guidelines. The…

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Centre De Congrès à Mons

Mons, Belgium Completed

Studio Libeskind completed this innovative convention center in time for the advent of cultural and diplomatic activities in 2015, when this small medieval town transformed into the European Capital of Culture. The City of Mons conceived the Congres Centre as a new architectural landmark, a key element in a plan for economic revitalization, and as a connector between the old and the new. From the light- steel viewing platform at the top, a visitor can see the 17th-century Beffroi tower, a UNESCO Heritage Site of Belgium, in the historic center of town, and a new train station designed by Santiago…

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The Wings

Milan, Italy Completed

Situated in the heart of the Milan Expo in the Piazza Italia, four 10 meter-high (33 ft.) shimmering tree-like sculptures anchored the four corners of the central square in Milan, Italy. Conceived as gates each structure’s dynamic form spiral out of the ground and spread into two branches spanning 10 meters over the square. Crafted out of brushed aluminium and fitted with innovative LED technology, the Wings animated the public space with a constant flow of pulsating patterns and imagery related to the theme of the Expo: health, energy, sustainability and technology. London-based media agency Innovision provided the creative content for the display…

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18.36.54

Connecticut, USA Completed

This gleaming, chocolate-colored structure was designed as one folded plan, and takes its name from the number of the planes (18), points (36), and lines (54) that the spiraling ribbon makes as it defines the living space of this 2,000 square foot dwelling. Challenging both traditional and modern notions of “the house in the landscape,” this bold design does not sacrifice itself to its natural setting, but selectively incorporates the elements therein for the enhancement of both house and its Connecticut environs. Studio Libeskind was approached by a client that wanted a mixture of the avant-garde and the cozy. The…

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Crystals at CityCenter

Las Vegas , Nevada, USA Completed

As the retail heart of the MGM MIRAGE CityCenter project, The Shops at Crystals is a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment space that serves as the connective tissue of the otherwise vertical “city within a city.” Crystalline stainless steel-clad volumes house the flagship retailers along The Strip while the spiraling roof structure animates the public arcade internally. Visible in a 180 degree-sweep from along the legendary Strip, the structure is a work of architecture read from many different angles.   The dramatic form and skylights of its spiraling roof soar over luxury retail and dining and accommodate a public space that features…

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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. The design employs the soft qualities of the translucent glass skin, combined with metal-clad geometric forms to 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…

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Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück, Germany Completed

Dedicated to the oeuvre of a Jewish artist put to death at Auschwitz, the Felix Nussbaum Museum is an extension to the Cultural History Museum in Osnabrück, Germany, where Felix Nussbaum was born in 1904. As well as displaying paintings created by Nussbaum, the museum presents changing exhibitions focusing on the themes of racism and intolerance. With sudden breaks in its pathways, unpredictable intersections, claustrophobic spaces, and dead ends, the structure of the building reflects the Nussbaum’s predicament as a Jewish painter in Germany before WWII. The museum is composed of three interconnected structures, each referencing a different temporality in…

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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 the furthest set back units. The seaside living experience is further infused into the site by way of a series of reflecting pools that run the…

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London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre

London, United Kingdom Completed

The Graduate Student Centre for the London Metropolitan University is a striking addition to the bustling block on London’s Holloway Road. Composed of three intersecting volumes, clad with embossed stainless steel panels for a shining and ever-changing surface, the Graduate Center houses a lecture theater, seminar rooms, staff offices and a café for the university’s graduate students. The interiors are filled with natural light by way of large windows of geometrical cuts and slashes. The Centre serves not only as a facility to enhance the staff and student experience, but acts as a major gateway to the University on Holloway…

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Forum at Leuphana University

Lüneburg, Germany Completed

The new Forum at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, designed in collaboration with Daniel Libeskind, provides the campus with a landmark building that promotes the vision of innovation and excellence for the university. The building integrates the Research Center, the Student Center, the Seminar Center and the Auditorium into one single structure. This new configuration promotes cross disciplinary interaction and a dynamic learning environment for the students and faculty alike. Each of the functions are housed in four individually shaped and mutually interlinking volumes that form a major composite structure achieving the maximum efficiency in terms of usage, structure, energy consumption…

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Danish Jewish Museum

Copenhagen, Denmark Completed

Located in one of the oldest parts of Copenhagen in Denmark, the Danish Jewish Museum is housed in a former 17th-century boathouse and library built by King Christian IV. Studio Libeskind designed the new interior space, while preserving the historic building. Visitors enter into a dynamic and exhilarating structure which offers a seamless organization of the artifacts and the path of the visitor. The entire building has been conceived as an adventure, both physical and spiritual in tracing the lineaments that reveal the intersection of different histories and the dynamics of Jewish Culture and its unfolding in contemporary life. Studio…

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Dancing Towers

Seoul, South Korea In design

The Dancing Towers design concept is for three 41-story residential towers in the Yongsan International Business District development, a project with a masterplan by Studio Libeskind. The design was inspired by the traditional Korean Buddhist dance of Seung-Moo, wherein the billowing sleeves of a dancer’s gown are gracefully propelled by her movements. Each tower features a subtle rotation to create a sense of movement in the harmonious composition of the three towers. The design creates a gentle composition, as if the buildings are participating in a fantastic urban dance, gently and organically integrating the residents into the beautiful, natural setting…

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The Wohl Centre

Ramat-Gan, Israel Completed

Entitled “Voices and its Echoes,” this major expansion to Bar-Ilan University gave visual form to the school’s essential quality: respect for the secular and the sacred. Apparent in the form of the building is the interrelation between the dynamics of knowledge and the unifying role of faith. The building is made up of an “open book” perched on top of two horizontal walls like the spine of a book. The book-like form holds a 1000-seat auditorium, which is acoustically suitable for musical performances and lectures. The auditorium lighting permeates through a labyrinth of Hebrew letters that denote an ancient constellation of…

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The Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre

Hong Kong, China Completed

An elegant, low-tech design placed at the service of high-tech invention. This nine-story crystalline building is designed to accommodate a range of flexible environments for research and experimentation. Each space, whether self-contained or open, is unique. The dramatic central stair spirals upward with irregular twists and curves creating unexpected gathering spaces. Asymmetrical windows cut into the walls of lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs allowing for natural light to fill even the inner-most rooms of the Center. Interactive spaces flow in and around the sound stages, recording studios, screening rooms, exhibit and performance spaces, multipurpose theater, and other areas. More…

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Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre

Bern, Switzerland Completed

Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre is an urban scale architectural project including 55 shops, 10 restaurants and bars, a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an indoor water park with wellness center and housing. This mixed-use program radically reinvents the concept of shopping, entertainment and living. With its impressive location above Bern’s A1 highway and direct connection to train and transport networks, the 1.5 million square foot complex is a self-enclosed district with day and night facilities offering endless amenities and services Westside’s design concept aimed to create a public space with day and night facilities, a self-enclosed district offering endless…

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Outside Line

Uozu, Japan Completed

Outside Line, an installation situated in the Sports Park near the city of Uozu, Japan, was proposed as a place to contemplate the relationship between man and nature. The project was inspired by the search for a contemporary understanding of space and light, and its design was informed by a precisely determined web of conceptual, topographical relationships between objects and space, eye and mind. A red line orients itself upon an imaginary axis connecting the descending history of the Buried Forest Museum and the ascending horizon of the Tateyama mountain range.  This line creates special, ever-changing qualities of light and…

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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. 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 residential market between the one-off custom home and…

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Potsdamerplatz

Berlin, Germany In competition

Daniel Libeskind’s design for the 1991 competition to redesign Potsdamer Platz sought to parse the temporal and spiritual discontinuities in the area. Potsdamer Platz was once at the beating heart of the Prussian capitol, before becoming an urban vitrine for Nazism, adorned in neon signs to Reich media. The square was razed by Allied air attacks during the war and was then cut in half by the Berlin Wall in 1961, leaving almost 60 hectares barren. In 1990, the city of Berlin announced a competition to redesign the site, attracting an international field of architects. For the competition, Libeskind chose…

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Alexanderplatz

Berlin, Germany In design

In 1993, the recently reunified city of Berlin launched a competition for a new masterplan for Alexanderplatz. Located in the Mitte neighborhood, Alexanderplatz is at the geographic and spiritual heart of Berlin—the knot that ties the city’s diverse neighborhoods together. Libeskind’s scheme, dubbed “Traces of the Unbroken,” was predicated upon recognizing the square’s place as a gateway between East and West. The design integrated planning and architectural concepts that resisted the erasure of history and reflected a commitment to the memory of the city’s history and cultural development from the Prussian capital to a global nexus of culture. As such,…

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Archipelago 21 (Yongsan International Business District)

Seoul, South Korea In design

Archipelago 21, Studio Libeskind’s masterplan for the redevelopment of the Yongsan International Business District, dramatically re-envisions the landscape of Seoul, South Korea’s historic capital city.  Incorporating more than 30 million square feet of built area in a large urban park along the Han River, the sustainable plan was conceived to include an international business district, residential neighborhoods, cultural institutions, educational facilities, retail, and transportation. The Studio approached the plan from a human perspective, designing the project from the ground up. The site is organized like an archipelago, broken into distinct neighborhoods called “islands” connected internally by using a retail valley,…

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Studio Weil

Mallorca, Spain Completed

Studio Weil is a painting and sculpture studio designed and built for the American painter and sculptor Barbara Weil overlooking the sea in Port d’Andratx in Mallorca, Spain. Daniel Libeskind worked closely with Ms. Weil to create a building that not only responds to the surrounding landscape, but also forms a space which complements and contrasts the artist’s work. The structure draws on Libeskind’s explorations of architectural drawing theory that were executed in the Chamberworks series, which, in turn, would form the basis for his entry in a 1997 competition to design a virtual house. Libeskind chose to deconstruct his virtual…

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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 square meter tower within the master plan to serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the entire district. The masterplan was tailored around a complex site that lacked any public streets. Studio Libeskind opted to keep the site car-free and created a system of interconnected green courtyards linked by pedestrian and cycle paths. The buildings around each courtyard are varied in scale, orientation and typology to…

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The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge

Covington, Kentucky, USA Completed

The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge in Covington is a stunning testament to the vitality and rebirth of the greater Cincinnati area, bridging the gap from the area’s industrial roots to its contemporary identity. Situated on a 1 acre site adjoining the slipway to Roebling’s Bridge, the building reaches 300 feet at its pinnacle and is a departure from the surrounding waterfront buildings. Even so, the building features a color palate that echoes the trusses and cables of the bridge, paying homage to Roebling while also suggesting the promises of a digital future. The ascending crescent form and sloped rooflines offer…

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Garden of Love and Fire

Almere, Netherlands Completed

This quiet meditation garden is located in the ‘town without a history’ of Almere, The Netherlands. The garden consists of an observation platform, three narrow water canals, and a fourth dry channel on which a rectilinear volume is resting.  These lines direct themselves toward three particular locations: Salamanca, Paris, and Almere. They signify a world location in which love (Juan de la Cruz) and fire (Paul Celan) intersect in Almere’s future. The inscribed ciphers refer to the encounter between Juan de la Cruz and Paul Celan in the newly reclaimed land. They become readable at precisely those times when the…

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V&A Museum Extension

London, England Completed

In 1996, Studio Libeskind won the competition for the proposed extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. What followed was a protracted eight-year saga that underscored the challenges faced in building groundbreaking architecture and saw one of the most stunning designs of the 20th century fall by the wayside. Known as the “Spiral,” Daniel Libeskind’s design—in concert with Ove Arup’s Cecil Balmond—pushed the boundaries of engineering and architectural theory. The building was to be an upward spiral of intersecting planes, creating a jagged vortex inserted between three Grade I listed buildings. The building is derived from an extruded…

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Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin in the Eric F. Ross building

Berlin, Germany Completed

Almost 13 years after Daniel Libeskind’s extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin opened to great acclaim in 2001, the museum unveiled its third collaboration with the architect, the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin. The one-floor, 25,000-square-foot building is located on the historic site of the Blumengrossmarkt (flower market) across the street from the Jewish Museum Berlin. Entitled “In-Between Spaces,” the design links the building to the museum’s other structures and open spaces both thematically and structurally. Visitors enter through a downward thrusting cube that intersects with the main rectangular hall, suggestive of the original Kollegienhaus building and the Libeskind-designed…

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Extension to the Felix Nussbaum Haus

Osnabrück, Germany Completed

Daniel Libeskind was invited to return to the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, his first completed project, to design an extension 13 years after the museum’s opening. Attached to the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum and connected to the Felix Nussbaum Haus by a glass bridge, the new building transforms the existing buildings into a cohesive complex by acting as a gateway. Studio Libeskind employed grey plaster and anthracite frames to harmonizes with the existing buildings and create a seamless ensemble. The extension appears less as an additional element as it does a prism from which the original Libeskind-designed building is refracted from…

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Harmony Tower

Seoul, South Korea In design

The Harmony Tower design concept is for a 46-floor sustainable office high-rise in the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) development, a project with a masterplan by Studio Libeskind. Inspired by traditional Korean paper lanterns, the design concept considers the tower a faceted lantern with multiple planes that reflect the sky and earth and capture light from its differing angles. Three-story Vertical winter gardens on the south and west façades provide users with access to natural ventilation and planted gardens at each of the 38 office floors. The sky gardens are thematically staged around four themes: Green Gallery, Meadow Plaza, Sky…

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Memoria e Luce, 9/11 Memorial

Padua, Italy Completed

The Memoria e Luce is a memorial located in Padua, Italy for victims of the 9/11 attacks on New York City.  A twisted steel beam salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center, which was donated by the United States to the Veneto Region and in turn to the City of Padua, was used to realize the design of an open and luminous book. The memorial was created with the support and collaboration of Permasteelisa.

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Glass Courtyard, Jewish Museum Berlin

Berlin, Germany Completed

This 7,000 square foot addition to the Jewish Museum in Berlin is located in the courtyard of the historical building, “Kollegienhaus”, which was built in 1735. The museum needed a multifunctional space that would provide additional room for the museum’s restaurant and extend the lobby to provide event space for lectures, concerts, and dinners. The distinctive architecture of the addition creates a space that can be used throughout the year while preserving the courtyard qualities of the baroque building.  Within the columns supporting the roof, there is a sophisticated sound system and within the enclosure itself, a stage rises from…

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CABINN Metro Hotel

Copenhagen, Denmark Completed

This stylish hotel in Copenhagen capitalizes on its maritime theme by a highly graphic design program and tiny guest rooms made inviting through smart built-ins that echo ship cabins. The building is made up of two intersecting volumes, clad in glass and aluminum composite:   one, lower and straight, and another, higher and curved.  The deep blue and light gray aluminum cladding forms the canvas for line patterns that extend over the main facades in the form of aluminum profiles or etched glass, based on Daniel Libeskind’s drawing series, Chamberworks, while the two end walls are painted a lush, lipstick red….

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Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial

Columbus, Ohio, USA Completed

This outdoor memorial in Columbus, Ohio was conceived to keep alive the memory of the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust and the American soldiers who liberated those in concentration camps.  Studio Libeskind’s design encourages the contemplation of ideas and values that cut across generations, ethnic identity, and creed. Approaching from the Statehouse, the visitor walks on a limestone walkway between inclined, graduated stone walls and two stone benches towards a pair of large 18-ft-high bronze panels.  Embossed with a story told by a survivor of Auschwitz, the panels are also irregularly angled at their inner edges.  The…

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Tangent Façade

Seoul, South Korea Completed

Studio Libeskind designed the bold façade of the new Hyundai Development Company headquarters located in Seoul, South Korea, to integrate the building with a public plaza and below-grade spaces, as well as serve future development on the site. A gigantic, 203-foot ring, encompassing red and white geometric forms, and an inclined metal vector was superimposed onto the existing modern office tower, transforming the main façade and plaza areas. The façade also includes working balconies and louvers. The design explores the interplay of light and shadow, varying light conditions throughout the year and creating a meditative environment for reflection. The project…

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