The architecture of Daniel Libeskind is striking and characteristic. A man with a great life story, a degree in music and professor of architecture at several universities, had his highest recognition on winning the bid for the new World Trade Center in New York. His repertoire of projects, however, clearly shows his work concepts.

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind
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Daniel Libeskind was born in Lodz in Poland after the war, on 12 May 1946. He is the second son to Dora and Nachman Libeskind, survivors of the Holocaust. As a child he learned to play the accordion, and was even on Polish television at 13 years of age. He studied music in Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.

In 1959, Libeskind's family moved to New York. There Daniel continued to study music becoming a virtuoso. He studied at the Bronx High School of Science and in 1965 became an American citizen. Completing his studies, he graduated in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and received his post-graduate degree in 1972 in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University.

Influences

Libeskind worked briefly as an apprentice to Richard Meyer and was hired by Peter Eisenman, but didn't stay long.

He met his future wife and working partner in 1966. After a few years, they married and traveled to the United States, visiting the works of Frank Lloy Wright. After that, Daniel taught at several universities around the world. Since this was his main activity for a long time, he only finalized his first project at age 52, the Felix Nussbaum Haus.

Works

Early on Libeskind was labeled as the architect whose designs were impossible to be built. He won his first competition in 1987, a house in Berlin, but was never built. The Jewish Museum Berlin was the first major project to be built, with greater recognition, but became more famous after winning the tender for the reconstruction of the area of the former World Trade Center, destroyed in the attack of September 11, a project that was named as Memory Foundations.

Studio Daniel Libeskind is two blocks from the WTC site, and has projects in all corners of the world. In addition to building some securities, Daniel also designs stages for theaters and operas, where there is a clear relationship to his architecture.

“Ever since I began architecture, I had an abhorrence to conventional architecture offices. There was something about the atmosphere of redundancy, routine and production that made me allergic to all forms of specialization and so-called professionalism. Ten years ago we founded our office in Berlin as a result of a decision, an accident, a rumor on the street and began an unimaginable journey down a path on which we are still traveling.”

18.36.54, Connecticut, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, Kentucky, USA.

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Cape Grace, Monaco

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Contemporary Jewish Museum, California, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Danish Jewish Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Dream Hub, Seoul, South Korea

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Extension to the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Denver Art Museum Residences, Denver, Colorado, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück, Germany

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Glass Courtyard, Berlin, Germany

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Grand Canal Square Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, England

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Jewish Museum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

London Metroplitan University Graduate Centre, London, England

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Memorial Foundations, New York, New York, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

New York Tower, New York, New York, USA

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Riverstone, Incheon, South Korea

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Studio Weil, Mallorca, Spain

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Tangent, Seoul, South Korea

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

The Villa, Worldwide

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Westside Shopping and Leisure Centre, Bern, Switzerland

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

The Wohl Centre, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

Architect Day: Daniel Libeskind

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.