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Sapphire Building, Berlin, Germany

Friday 27 Mar 2015
 

A jewel in Berlin’s crown

 
Sapphire Building by Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany
© Daniel Libeskind 
 
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02/04/15 Peter, New York City
Daniel Libeskind is a talented architect who has the courage to explore new directions and expressions in architecture for that he is to be commended. However, this project seems so contrived and un-disciplined with little or no reference to its intended use and purpose to be considered valid; it could very easily be an office building or other commercial structure.
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01/04/15 William, Montreal
D'Onofrio, arch.

Apart from all the other potential good aspects of this building, by a well known architect. I will only comment, for now, on this picture. I see this image as an unfortunate result. It looks like a nightmare. A contorted, convoluted result of inner anxiety and suffering. An expression that shows off acrobatic ability. A result of new design software that allows this sort of grotesque object that I'm sure adds visual stress in an already stressed urban environment of modern cities. Instead, great architecture should find the proper balance between appeasing the human spirit, without putting it to sleep. It is great when an architect can create excitement to elevate the spirit, but not in the way of this design.
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28/03/15 Gert M, Berlin
Let's all hope it is Libeskind's LAST building in Berlin ... Or anywhere else.
 

Daniel Libeskind develops his first apartment building in Berlin 

The Sapphire Building, Daniel Libeskind’s first residential apartment building in Germany, bears the characteristic rough edges of his work, making the structure resemble a cut gem. The project will comprise 73 apartment and is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

Libeskind has said that he named the building not only to reflect its crystalline structure, but as an allegory for the present state of Berlin. He says: “It’s all about its holistic character: the light of the sapphire, and simultaneously its softness. But a sapphire is also rough, it is hard, it is durable, it is rugged, it is resilient due to the very nature of its material. All of these are character traits shared by Berlin itself and its residents.”

Each of the apartments will be unique, ranging from 36 to 169 sq m two to four bedroom apartments, with at least one wall displaying Libeskind’s sculptural style of construction. 

Environmental sustainability has been placed at the heart of the project. The shimmering ceramic façade will improve the carbon footprint of the building. The architect explains: This sort of tile has never been produced before, and is entirely environmentally friendly. It helps the building to balance its emission of greenhouse gases. What makes the new material special is not just its self-cleaning effect but also the fact that it produces oxygen by converting carbon dioxide.”

This building is a true architectural gem. 

Kerry Boettcher

News Editor

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Studio Daniel Libeskind
www.daniel-libeskind.com

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