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Q&A: Daniel Libeskind

Q&A: Daniel Libeskind

Courtesy Daniel Libeskind

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With the recent launch of Cosentino’s new ultra-compact architectural surface, Dekton, the company made an additional announcement. Architect Daniel Libeskind is working with Dekton to create Beyond The Wall, a permanent sculpture at the Cosentino global headquarters in Almeria, Spain. Beyond The Wall shows Libeskind’s unique approach to architecture as a language capable of narrating the story of the human soul; a hybrid and wide-ranging force, at once a narrative, a method, an art form, and a way of thinking about the world. The project will be unveiled by Libeskind in late November 2013. Libeskind took some time to talk to me about the sculpture, Dekton, and where he sees architecture being headed.

Shannon Sharpe: When did you get into discussions with Cosentino about creating a sculpture from Dekton?

Daniel Libeskind: I first started with my collaboration with Cosentino, which is a very interesting company, in Milan when I did a project together with them making a large- scale object using their technology. Out of that came a commission to create something fantastic—a permanent sculpture about 30 feet high in height, using Dekton as a material. There was an earlier iteration at Milan Design Week this year. Then the project was so interesting to both of us that we continued to work on a permanent sculpture together. We enjoyed working with each other. Cosentino is a very inventive company. Not just because of its products, but also because it invests a lot in research and new materials. Dekton is about having the ability to use large surfaces that have this quality that I wanted in the construction of the sculpture.

SS: Where will it be?

DL: It’s going to be in Almeria, Spain, at their headquarters. It’s a beautiful landscape and it will be seen from many distances and directions. The sculpture is based upon the architecture idea of a spiral that is not centered on one axis but at many vertical and oblique axes, which develops into a spatial construct where each facet is uniquely positioned in space and in light. We’re using this new material, which has glass, porcelain, and quartz within it to create a sense of luminosity.

SS: What was your inspiration for this sculpture?

DL: Many years ago when I worked on the Victoria and Albert Museum I was very interested in the materials that today Cosentino is actually presenting. The decentered spiral, as I call it, has been my preoccupation for many years. It’s not something that I invented. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a number of years. I was interested in new geometries, which really relate to contemporary ways of thinking and not the older notions of symmetries and what the spiral was.

Courtesy Daniel Libeskind

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Oct 17, 2013 12:55 pm
 Posted by  VoiceOfReason

Daniel says ... "It’s significant about what it says about light, the earth, the sky, and the possibilities of movement. It’s a microcosm of being able to think of the 21st-century city. It’s really the spatial, tectonic, and material form of the 21st-century architecture. It’s not just a sculpture. It’s really an investigation of the dynamism of where I think architecture is moving."

This has to be the most nonsensical, meaningless piece of drivel ever published in Metropolis (or anywhere else). Libeskind is desperately clutching at every availably cliché to justify what will no doubt be just another iteration of his stock-in-trade solution to all design problems. Only a lifetime of pretentious writing and low-grade thinking could result in the preposterous statement he made.

Oct 18, 2013 02:06 am
 Posted by  Jacic

What an amazing form! A spiral without curves.

I can see why the architectural box-makers are so insolent: Libeskind truly threatens their boring little works with forms that have never been seen before. Professional jealousy is a b**ch.

Oct 18, 2013 07:59 am
 Posted by  Rosario

Reminder note to Daniel Libeskind - You were fired from the World Trade Center project years ago. The Freedom Tower is being designed by SOM on a different site and does not resemble your unbuildable fantasy. It is not even 1776 feet tall. (You could look it up ...)

The 911 Memorial was designed by Ron Arad; the museum entrance by Snohetta; the transport hub by Calatrava. Studio Daniel Libeskind is designing NOTHING at the site. Last I checked your "master plan" had been thrown in the recycled paper bin. - So please, stop spreading misinformation that it's still your gig. You've long been forgotten at Ground Zero.

Oct 18, 2013 09:42 am
 Posted by  VoiceOfReason

@ JACIC re: your comment about Libeskind's "spiral without curves"

FYI - Definition of a spiral: "A three-dimensional curve that turns around an axis at a constant or continuously varying distance while moving parallel to the axis; a helix."

What's next for the Libeskind wunderkind, a triangular circle? ... a wedge-shaped ellipse? Whatever it is, you know Daniel's going to default to his trademark acute angles.

If Libeskind tried to design a cushion, he would include sharp edges and pointy bits. That's what happens when you don't bother to think about the design problem and just force your "brand" onto the result.

And BTW, I'm not jealous of Libeskind. Seriously, who would be?

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