“Time is out of joint” - an interview with Daniel Libeskind

Nick Myall
10 Apr 2018

Ahead of a Daniel Libeskind tower being unveiled during the Venice Architecture Biennial a new video gives an insight into Libeskind’s body of work

Time, Space and Existence. No architect embodies these ideas with greater aplomb than Daniel Libeskind. Working in the spaces of memory, his buildings sketch out disjunctures in the timeline. A new Daniel Libeskind project has been announced in preparation for the ECC’s ‘Time - Space - Existence’ exhibition at Palazzo Mora, Palazzo Bembo, and Giardini Marinaressa during the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennial. In anticipation of this new work, the latest Time - Space - Existence video has been launched featuring the seminal architect.

A new architectural sculpture, Facing Gaia, will be located in the 1,600 sq m Giardini Marinaressa, adjacent to the Giardini. Reminiscent of ancient forms, the project explores the connections between climate, time, space and existence through architectural thinking. Its centre is a sheet of convex mirror, bound to its steel structure with pioneering GRIP Metal™ technology. This reflective surface marks the tension between the finite and the infinite. The title is derived from the concept that Gaia (the living Earth) is at a moment of crisis, in which resources are running out.

“The Biennale is an important opportunity to explore meaning and metaphor in architectural space and form,” said Daniel Libeskind. “This moment in time, the very idea of human existence is in question. What is the future of technology? Nature? Humanity? Facing Gaia focuses on the tension of these relationships while inviting open-ended questions and interaction,” he added.

The project announcement is also accompanied by a video, forming part of the Time - Space - Existence video series produced by PLANE—SITE. It offers insight into Libeskind’s body of work and his philosophical understanding of time — ideas that manifest in this new work to be unveiled at Venice. He also discusses the power of drawing and his work on the memorial at Ground Zero.

This project was made possible thanks to the GAA Foundation, the ECC, and GRIP Metal.

Daniel Libeskind — TIME SPACE EXISTENCE from PLANE—SITE on Vimeo.


Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Daniel Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager. Studio Libeskind was founded in 1989 after winning an international competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. A series of influential museum commissions followed, including the Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück; Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Danish Jewish Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; and the Military History Museum, Dresden. Studio Libeskind was also responsible for the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Libeskind is based in New York.

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