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

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 150 m tower includes 11,000 sq. m 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. Integrated into the overall form of the building, the façade and public platform is a continuous vertical landscape.  This vertical green ribbon referenced the lush waterway of Canal du Midi that winds…

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Modern Art Museum Vilnius

Vilnius, Lithuania Under construction

The Modern Art Museum in Vilnius will be dedicated to the exploration of works created from 1960 to present by Lithuanian artists. 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” 1972; and Kostas Dereskevicius “Mailboxes” 1987; photographs by Antanas Sutkus “J. P. Sartre ir S. de Beauvoir in Lithuania”; video by Deimantas Narkevicius “The Dud Effect”. Surrounded by a new public piazza located steps away from the historic medieval city, the 3,100 square-meter museum stands…

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Kurdistan Museum

Erbil, Iraq In design

The Kurdistan Museum will be the first major institution to present the Kurds’ national heritage to the world. In collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government (the KRG) and client representative RWF World, the team has embarked on a visionary project to share the story of the Kurdish people and inspire an open dialogue for future generations within Kurdistan. “The museum aims to convey the spirit of the Kurdish people, their rich culture and the future of Kurdistan,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “The design had to navigate between two extreme emotions: sadness and tragedy, through the weight of history, and of joy and…

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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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Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names

Amsterdam, Netherlands In design

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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Downtown Tower

Vilnius, Lithuania In design

The Downtown Tower-k18B is a harmonious progression of glass volumes that consists of a  18-storey  tower, set atop a 6-storey podium that are connected by a luminous glass-covered galeria. The building’s ground floor hosts public facilities including a restaurant, bar and retail as well as hotel and office lobbies. 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 sq. meter building complex is strategically located steps from the nexus…

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East Thiers Station

Nice, France In design

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 18,300 square meters of high-end commercial space featuring shops, restaurants with panoramic views of the city, as well as a Hilton hotel, a 600-seat auditorium, co-working spaces and terraced cafes. Part of a major urban redevelopment of Thiers central station (€ 61.5 million in ongoing investments) and its surroundings and the project will reconnect the urban fabric by creating new…

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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. The building…

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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 a dynamic,…

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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 central 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. With the expansion, a new group entrance…

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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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New Lotte Mall

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 to create a 21st-century live-work experience. The New Lotte Mall 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 towers are visible beyond the shopping center’s asymmetric façade, creating a balance between the low and high-rise structures.   The bold…

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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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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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Ogden Center for Fundamental Physics at Durham University

Durham, United Kingdom Completed

Durham University commissioned Studio Libeskind to create a new university building to accommodate their expanding student body and staff, as well as to house a new research facility for the study of fundamental physics. The Ogden Centre 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). Light and openness is at the core of the design for the Ogden Centre. A spiral in plan, the Centre appears to be two stacked forms clad in…

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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 will honor 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…

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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 metamorphosizes into the European Capital of Culture. The City of Mons conceived of 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 spy 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 Calatrava…

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Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum

Wuhan, China Under construction

Located in the steelmaking capital of eastern China,The Zhang Zhidong and Modern Industrial Museum, was designed to balance three narrative themes within an integrated building and landscape. The three themes, each of which have a dedicated floor, are: the life of Zhang Zhidong, a 19th-century leader in government who inspired the movement towards modernization that established the steel industry in Wuhan; the steel industry; and the history of the city of Wuhan. At the turn of the 20th century, all the railroads in China converged in Wuhan, connecting the city to all the provinces, and in 1911, the Xinhai Revolution…

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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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Kö-Bogen Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany Completed

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. Kö-Bogen, or the `King’s Bow,’ is a large-scale office and retail complex whose sinuous form hugs the point where the Königsallee Boulevard, Düsseldorf’s primary avenue, converges with the newly created Hofgarten promenade. 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 above by a…

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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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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 German before WWII.  Visitors enter by a tall and narrow central corridor, whose concrete exterior is a…

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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 the historic red brick power plant from the 19th century. Studio Libeskind based the design of the building 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…

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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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London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre

London, United Kingdom Completed

The 10,000 sq. ft. Graduate Student Centre for the London Metropolitan University is an 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…

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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 was once shut down by a German government uncertain of how the institution would fit into a newly unified German state.  Studio Libeskind was selected as design architect for an extension in 2001, when an architectural competition was held. The winning design boldly interrupts the original building’s classical symmetry. The extension, a massive, five-story 14,500-ton wedge of glass, concrete, and steel, cuts into and through the former arsenal’s classical order. An 82-foot high viewing platform (the highest point of the wedge is at 98 feet)…

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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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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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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 original building. The museum differs from other European Jewish Museums because the Danish Jews were, by and large, saved from the Nazis by the efforts of their countrymen. This historical act of kindness or “mitzvah” is the guiding concept of the museum’s design and symbolized in its form, structure and light. Studio Libeskind intertwined the historic vaulted brick structure with new…

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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 back…

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CityLife, Central Tower C

Milano, 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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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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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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The Wohl Centre

Ramat-Gan, Israel Completed

In this major expansion to the Bar-Ilan University Campus in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Studio Libeskind gives visual form to the concept of `voices’ and `echoes’ as symbols of Bar-Ilan’s essential quality—respect for the secular and the sacred. 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 on the ceiling is a labyrinth of Hebrew letters.  The interior spaces are bright and clean spaces.  Flexible ground level rooms hold seminar…

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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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Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre

Bern, Switzerland Completed

The Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre in Bern-Brunnen, Switzerland, is notable for its unique integration of architecture and landscape and the ways in which it invites glimpses of the natural world into the usually hermetic world of a large urban shopping complex. Extensive window cuts in varying designs open up the façade and conjure a web of natural light, including a panoramic window in the food court and spa area. The bulk of the retail space of the Westside project is organized in the well-tested convention of boxes and their efficient relationship between retail, circulation and delivery.  In dialogue and…

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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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Tampere Central Deck and Arena

Tampere, Finland In design

Central Deck and Arena project in Tampere, Finland is an urban scale development on top of existing railway tracks in the heart of the city.  The mixed-use program includes a multi-purpose ice hockey arena, four office blocks topped by residential towers and a hotel with residential condominiums on top. The arena, which occupies one fifth of the complex, has the capacity to accommodate 11,000 fans. With its shopping arcade, bars and restaurant at deck level, the arena redefines its pivotal function as a hub for diverse urban activities. There is a total of approximately 60,000 m2 of mixed-use program area…

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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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Archipelago 21

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 building houses exhibition spaces, working quarters and a dramatic landscaped garden. The studio takes the form of a concrete arc that is cut through with a pair of stairs: one leading up to a roof deck with spectacular views of…

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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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Tor di Valle Roma

Rome, Italy In design

Located on 100 hectares/247 acres site that was the former home to Rome’s hippodrome, the 287,000 square meter business park is developed by Eurnova SRL (Roma). The business park is part of a larger master plan conceived by Studio Libeskind in collaboration with Meis Studio (New York) that includes the stadium, training facilities, low and high-rise office buildings, retail, dining, and cinemas. The masterplan envisions a round-the-clock, sustainable, urban district linked to the historic center of Rome, Italy. The design for the business park features three towers in conversation with one another. They stand in close volumetric relationship—seemingly cut from…

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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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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 competition

London, England Completed

The proposed and unbuilt extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum consists of a Spiral sited amidst three grade A listed historical buildings, all of which programmatically must be linked to the new Museum building. The Spiral serves as a striking second entrance to the Museum complex as well as housing the 21st Century Gallery spaces, extensive education facilities and demonstration areas for the decorative arts and crafts. The use of video presentations, multimedia stations and conventional areas for traditional artifacts are seamlessly provided within the space of the innovative Spiral. The design calls for the alteration of existing interiors penetrated…

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

Berlin, Germany Completed

This one-floor 25,000-square-foot academy is located across the street from the Jewish Museum Berlin, on the site of the historic Blumengrossmarkt (flower market) in Berlin, Germany.  Here, the Jewish Museum Berlin offers public programs in a space that includes a library as well as offices, archives, and support spaces.  Within the building, there is a Garden of the Diaspora, filled with plants and shrubs from all around the world. The Academy is integrated into the ensemble of the Kollegienhaus and the Jewish Museum Berlin. A tilted cube penetrates the outer wall of the hall, creating a counterpart to the main…

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Harmony Tower

Seoul, South Korea In design

A 46-floor sustainable office high-rise, The Harmony Tower was designed as a glowing gateway to the western entrance to the Yongsan International Business District (YIBD) in Seoul, South Korea.  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. In subtle ways, the tower serves its urban context, tapering at its base to create a feeling of space for a pedestrian plaza, expanding in its middle to maximize floor plates and Han River views, and tapering again at the…

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Palazzo dell’Edilizia of Alessandria

Alessandria, Italy In design

Located next to a legendary battlefield from Napoleon’s second campaign, the Palazzo dell’Edilizia is the headquarters of the public company that manages the union of construction workers in the Alessandria province in northern Italy. A tall photovoltaic tower tilts upward as a dramatic symbol of sustainability, atop four floors accommodating a laboratory for new technology testing, classrooms, a conference center that can hold up to 250 people, union offices and parking.  Using both geothermal energy and photovoltaic technology, the Palazzo dell’Edilizia of Alessandria will provide 100% of the energy necessary for the life and work of the building year-round.

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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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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.  As a part of the transformation, an entrance hall with a museum shop and learning center has been added, and the lower floor of the Kunstgeschichtliche Museum redesigned to include a flexible lecture hall and event space, caterings facilities, cloakrooms…

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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 ft. 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 project was completed in 2005.   “Viewed from the street, the façade is a vivid and memorable expression through a combination of graphic…

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