Cities, fantastic and adored by tourists, are usually discovered in two ways. One is to flow with the city’s “bloodstream” of streets, savour the local dishes, visit museums and restaurants. The other way is to forget the details and focus on the big picture. This is about looking at the city from above, from different vantage points, towers, observation decks or hills. Each big city has such spots, which attract throngs of cityscape lovers.
“I like frames cut. Certain forms speak to me. I have a certain language of communication. I lean toward forms that lead to a point and that try to make a point” – these are the words of none other than Daniel Libeskind. His projects are clear testament to those words as they are meaningful, recognisable and make a point. Among the outstanding examples of buildings created by Studio Libeskind are such conspicuous projects as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Imperial War Museum in Manchester, World Trade Center master plan and last but not least ZŁOTA 44. It is worth having a look at selected projects that are still under way and are expected to be completed in the upcoming years.
The run-up to Christmas is a time when cities come alive with a unique atmosphere. In late November store windows fill with Christmas decorations, and our thoughts start turning to Christmas Eve dishes and gifts for our nearest and dearest. The world’s biggest cities, such as New York and London, are famous for their Christmas illuminations. Warsaw is no exception. In the first weekend of December 2 million lights went on in the streets, and the Castle Square got a 27-metre-high Christmas tree.
The name Daniel Libeskind immediately brings to mind his signature designs: Berlin’s Jewish Museum, One World Trade Center in New York or ZŁOTA 44 in Warsaw. But it’s a lesser known fact that the world-famous architect of Polish extraction has also designed unique objects such as door handles, lamps and armchairs.
In one of our earlier posts we presented a biographical note on the architect of ZŁOTA 44 – Daniel Libeskind with a description of his most famous work – the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The list of Libeskind’s projects is obviously much longer, and his buildings can be seen all over the work. Below is a subjective selection of his most interesting works:
The late 19th and the early 20th century was a time of momentous change – including in art. Artists rejected the established patterns and prevailing aesthetic principles and began their search for new means of expression. Avant-garde artistic trends such as cubism, expressionism, futurism and constructivism came to being and influenced the art of the whole century.
Architecture, as an art of design, engaged in a constant dialogue with the changing reality, underwent a complete metamorphosis. In their quest for new solutions, architects were inspired by the materials that had never been used before in such an avant-garde context. The art’s fascination with new technology also had a tremendous impact on architecture.
Kindly invite you to watch interview about ZŁOTA 44 with Daniel Libeskind.
Daniel Libeskind is one of the most prominent modern architects in the world. His outstanding projects can be admired in such cities as Berlin, Manchester, San Francisco and, more recently, in Warsaw at 44 Złota Street. This is an address where EU’s tallest residential tower is being developed, in an expressive style that is so characteristic of Libeskind designs.