This new Berlin apartment building literally purifies the city’s air

August 30, 2017 by  
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Daniel Libeskind ‘s first residential project in Berlin is a spectacular faceted building that literally purifies the air. Sapphire is clad in geometric stoneware tiles coated in a layer of titanium dioxide that breaks down dirt and grime when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. The crystalline facade of the building is dominated by angular windows and canted walls that create balconies and intimate outdoor nooks that enhance the quality of the units. Each of the apartments has a unique plan with high-performance triple-glazed windows and external louvers. Related: Daniel Libeskind’s funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air The team made some of the windows fixed to adapt to the irregular shape of the volume, while the operable ones all conform to a standard dimension. While the upper floors house living units, retail shops occupy the ground floor of the building, along with underground parking and common outdoor area. The remarkable facade is clad in 3,600 Casalgrande Padana tiles, 500 of which are standard-sized while the other 3,100 tiles have been custom shaped. Each tile is specifically positioned to fit the architect’s vision, and the installation of the tiles took four months to complete. The titanium dioxide coating , produced by TOTO, allows the facade to clean itself and the air when it is exposed to natural light. + Studio Libeskind + Sapphire Berlin Via The Architect’s Newspaper Lead photo via Sapphire Berlin and Jan Bitter

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Daniel Libeskind unveils twisted, tree-covered skyscraper for Toulouse

March 28, 2017 by  
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Studio Libeskind has been tapped to design Toulouse’s first skyscraper , the Occitanie Tower, a twisting modern building draped in vertical gardens. Created in collaboration with Paris-based landscape architect Nicolas Gilsoul, the 40-storey mixed-use skyscraper will serve as an economic catalyst for the French city’s central business district and comprise offices, a hotel, a restaurant, and residences. The tree-covered areas of the tower will give the building its iconic appearance and a portion of that green space will be open to public use. Unlike architect Daniel Libeskind’s more jagged and geometric designs, the 150-meter-tall Occitanie Tower stands out from his usual style with its sinuous lines. The curved and twisted shape draws inspiration from the waterways of the Canal du Midi that snake through the city. The eye-catching skyscraper will consist of 11,000 square meters of office space, a Hilton hotel, 120 apartments, retail space, and a restaurant with panoramic views . Related: Libeskind unveils zero-emissions university building designed in collaboration with students “The tower becomes a unique object in a vast urban space – the tower will not only become a destination, but also a defining public space,” said Libeskind. “With its suspended gardens that change colour during the seasons, the slight silvertine of the glazing of the facade will reflect the pink tones of Toulouse and the brightness of this material will change perception of the space, according to the variation of light.” The Occitanie Tower is slated to start construction in 2018 with an expected completion date in 2022. + Studio Libeskind Via Dezeen

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Libeskind unveils zero-emissions university building designed in collaboration with students

March 14, 2017 by  
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A new building with exciting geometry and eco-friendly design is inspiring students at Leuphana University at Lüneburg, Germany. Architect Daniel Libeskind recently completed the New Central Building, a landmark university structure designed in collaboration with the students as part of the tradition at Leuphana University to involve students in campus changes. Topped with a green roof and powered by renewable energy, the light-filled sculptural building will operate at zero emissions . Created in the same gleaming and angular aesthetic common to Libeskind’s designs, the 13,000-square-meter zinc-clad New Central Building serves as a major university hub that promotes cross-disciplinary interaction and learning for students and faculty. The massive structure comprises four interlocking sculptural forms, each housing four programs: the Student Center that spans the height of the building; the three-story Seminar Center; the 1,100-seat Libeskind Auditorium; and the seven-story Research Center. Students contributed to the design process in seminars held by Professor Libeskind and other teachers at the university. Student participation spanned a wide spectrum, from the building and landscape design to the way-finding systems and interior design . “The idea for this project was to create a hub that would inspire the students through multiple connected spaces, infused with natural light and exciting new geometries,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “It was a true creative collaboration by incorporating students ideas about program and design elements into the final design.” Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils spectacularly green physics center at Durham University In addition to aesthetics and a community-oriented design, the new student hub focuses heavily on sustainability. The energy-efficient New Central Building is powered by renewable energy and includes green roofs that can be seen from the interior, a gray water system , and an innovative structural Cobiax system. The zero-emissions building exceeds the EnEV (Energieeinsparverordnung = Energy-Saving Regulation), a standard that sets energy requirements for new buildings in Germany and also serves as a demonstration project of the Bundeswirtschaftsministerium (Federal Ministry of Economy) for energy-optimized design. + Daniel Libeskind Images via TK

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This quirky pink hammock doesn’t need trees to rock your world

March 14, 2017 by  
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Get ready for warmer weather with this quirky new hammock from Lithuania. Unlike traditional hammocks that need two support posts, this bright pink hammock has a curved boat-like base that lets the structure rock independently in place. Agota Rimsaite was inspired by the need to create a comfortable hammock that, in addition to being easily used on-the-go, doubles as a soccer goal. The hammock’s base is made out of curved wooden rails that make rocking possible without hanging the structure from two posts. Inspired by the shape of a surfboard, the innovative hammock design integrates perfectly into a beach atmosphere. Sturdy cross-woven polyester straps offer total comfort when lounging about and its curved design sits up above the ground, avoiding the usual mess that comes with lying on a sandy beach. Related: Sweet desk hammock lets you take a “nap in a snap” However, once you’re well rested and feel the need to get in some fun exercise, you can flip the Panama Banana over on its side to create a soccer goal for an impromptu game. The designer calls her dual-use creation the perfect flexible furniture for “active relaxation,” and although inspired by long days at the beach, it can also be used in the comfort of a large park or private backyard. + Agota Rimsaite Via Design Milk

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Daniel Libeskind’s ambitious design for The Kurdistan Museum in Iraq

April 14, 2016 by  
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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

November 26, 2015 by  
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Studio Libeskind just unveiled their latest design venture into the museum typology: the New Lithuanian Modern Art Center to be erected in Vilnius, Lithuania. The green-roofed building, dedicated to the works created by Lithuanian artists, was designed as two intertwined volumes clad in white concrete, with a large public piazza providing a connection to the historic medieval city which the museum aims to reference. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius

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Daniel Libeskind unveils three angular towers for Rome

June 18, 2015 by  
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Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind near completion on CityLife’s luxury residences in Milan

June 4, 2015 by  
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Daniel Libeskind’s striking geometric “Future Flowers” pavilion brings a burst of color to Milan Design Week 2015

April 14, 2015 by  
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Luxurious chairs designed by Daniel Libeskind star in his new MICX convention center

February 6, 2015 by  
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Daniel Libeskind ‘s dynamic new convention centre in Mons , Belgium, is now open to the public. Known as “MICX”, the Mons International Congress Xperience is a geometric, ship-like structure that’s ideal for hosting all manner of events. The building’s three auditoriums feature sleek, luxurious “Tangram” chairs designed by Libeskind for Poltrona Frau Contract . Read the rest of Luxurious chairs designed by Daniel Libeskind star in his new MICX convention center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: belgium , Daniel Libeskind , European Capital of Culture , Libeskind Tangrem Chairs , MICX , Mons , Mons Belgium , Mons International Congress Xperience , Poltrona Frau , Poltrona Frau chairs , Poltrona Frau Contract , Tangrem , Tangrem chairs

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