Architecture

Works of Daniel Libeskind

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:

  1. Imperial War Museum North (Manchester)

The British war museum in Trafford is the Libeskind’s allegory of a globe shattered into pieces. The individual shards of the structure represent earth, air and water. The earth shard houses the museum with a number of thematic exhibitions. The air shard is the entranceway to the museum. Visitors can see multimedia images and can use several educational observatories. The water shard accommodates a restaurant and a café. The building was designed in a deconstructivist style.

  1. The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

The Royal Museum is the largest museum in Canada, visited by more than one million people each year. The museum was established in the early 20th century and after nearly 100 years of its existence Libeskind breathed new life into it. The architect perfectly combined traditional buildings with a modern style. In his design, Daniel Libeskind was inspired by the forms of crystals that the region is famous for. This is the reason the new wing of the building was called Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The architect wished to achieve an effect of light interiors with a unique shape.

  1. 1 World Trade Centre

The 1776 feet (541 m) high skyscraper designed by Libeskind is a reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. 1 World Trade Centre is the first out of a complex of four skyscrapers that are to be developed on the symbolic Ground Zero. The high-rise building was designed through cooperation of world-famous architects: Daniel Libeskind and David Childs with the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. 1 WTC is a harmonious combination of Libeskind’s typical triangles that are bought together to produce an original shape of the body of the building.

  1. Vanke Pavilion, Expo 2015 in Milan

At a special request of the Chinese corporation Vanke, Daniel Libeskind designed a unique pavilion for the World Exhibition in Milan. The concept of the building incorporated three ideas drawn from Chinese culture: food, the landscape and the dragon (metaphorically associated with Chinese agriculture). The pavilion, whose shape resembled a snail shell, was covered with red metallic tiles, evocative of a dragon-like skin. The interior of the structure was clad with wood and decorated with photos of bamboos. A roof terrace was installed on top of the building. The pavilion could be visited in Milan until 31 October.

  1. MICX – Mons International Congress Xperience in Belgium

The Convention Centre in Mons, the Belgian city that is the European Capital of Culture 2015, is a connector between the historical part of the city with its modern train station, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Designed in Libeskind’s characteristic style, the Centre uniquely combines three different materials: wood, aluminium and concrete. The use of wood and aluminium on higher storeys and the specific ribbed structure ensure that the interiors of the building are well-exposed to sunlight.

Libeskind takes special care to ensure the interiors of his buildings are exquisite and luxurious. Interior decoration of Złota 44 is the responsibility of the design firm Woods Bagot, however it is Libeskind himself that is to design the lobby on the ground floor of the residential tower.

On Daniel Libeskind’s website you can find the architect’s unique design elements, including the finely shaped Jacuzzi Glance, characteristic Torq chairs or the Spirit House chairs (known from the Ontario Museum). The above is just a modest part of Daniel Libeskind’s interior design projects portfolio.

Already next Thursday Daniel Libeskind is coming to visit ZŁOTA 44, which is the first residential tower in Poland to officially launch an international sales campaign. The expansion into foreign markets is a response to the growing interest from foreign investors and such prestigious magazines as Monocle or The Sunday Times, which increasingly often present ZŁOTA 44 as one of the most interesting projects in Warsaw, both as a good investment and as a fascinating place to live in.

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