Given reaction to recent posts about Daniel Libeskind on Faustian urGe, the situation is quite clear that this genius simply does not resonate with many individuals (they just don’t get it), even while he is universally recognized by design intelligentsia. In that regard, after my original posting about his Dresden Museum nearing completion, I followed up with a look at a series of his designs. Now, having posted a follow up for the opening of that completed Libeskind Dresden Museum and further subsequent negative reactions (that I declined to post as comments), I feel compelled to explore further one of my favorites within his repertoire: the 18.36.54 House by Daniel Libeskind. — To Daniel… Carry On, Sir!
The remarkable 18.36.54 house designed by architect Daniel Libeskind is sited on 54 acres with large oak trees and historic low stacked stone walls establishing a dynamic and appealing juxtaposition between the rustic old and angular modern.
The very unusual numeric name, 18.36.54 is based on the design of living space, formed by a spiraling ribbon of 18 planes, defined by 36 points, and connected by 54 lines.
As described by the architects, “The architectural form generates distinctive interior spaces while framing both near and distant landscape scenes. Large glass planes virtually disappear within the ribbon, allowing unimpeded picturesque views of 18th century hay meadows and 250 year-old oaks.”
The interior finishes are all designed specifically for the residence, from the seating areas to the cabinetry. Circulation through kitchen, living, dining, and sleeping areas is seamless and free-flowing, as is the distinction between interior and exterior space.
Challenging both traditional and modern concepts of “the house in the landscape,” this design gives nothing of itself up to its natural setting, but selectively incorporates the elements thereof for the enhancement of both house and landscape.