18.36.54 – Daniel Libeskind – Connecticut, US
Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Building size: 2,000 ft²
Structural Engineer: Hage Engineering, PC
Civil Engineer: CCA Engineering, LLC
Lighting Designer: ARUP Lighting
Windows: Steel Windows & Doors USA
Mechanical Engineer: P.A Collins, P.E
Building Science Consultant: Simpson Gumphertz & Heger
Contractor: CN Renovation Co., Inc
Facade Contractor: A. Zahner Company
Completion Date: 2010
This 2,000-square-foot Connecticut home is situated on a scenic 54 acre site populated with large oak trees and historic low stacked stone walls. The living space of this single-family residence is formed by a spiraling ribbon of 18 planes, defined by 36 points connected by 54 lines. 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 notions of “the house in the landscape,” this design gives nothing of itself up to its natural setting, but selectively incorporates the elements therein for the enhancement of both house and landscape.