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August 20, 2014
World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind appeared as Dwell on Design NY’s keynote speaker to trace his design history, from early building influences to his own drawings that have informed his architectural language.
Crystals at City Center shopping hub in Las Vegas

Crystals at CityCenter (Las Vegas)

This sprawling structure brings 500,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space to the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Clad in a stainless steel and glass curtain wall, the center is the largest retail space to receive LEED Gold Core & Shell certification.

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Scott Frances
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Angular glass table with cut-outs by Daniel Libeskind

Scibe desk by Daniel Libeskind for FIAM Italia (2014)

Released at Salone del Mobile 2014, this glass desk that Libeskind designed for FIAM Italia mimics his angular buildings.

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Bird's eye view of angular, meandering Jewish Museum in Berlin

Jewish Museum Berlin

Completed in 2001, Libeskind's thoughtful extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin features an expansive underground "void," meant to symbolize loss, that surfaces aboveground in an angular zinc structure.

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Guenter Schneider
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Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco)

Designed to comeplement an existing, 19th-century structure, Libeskind's modern, steel addition to the Contemporary Jewish Museum features a gem-like gallery space with 36 window cut-outs.

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Mark Darley
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Military history museum in Dresden, Germany with angled facade addition

Military History Museum (Dresden, Germany)

To create a space dedicated to Germany's military history, Libeskind designed a five-story, 14,500-ton wedge of concrete and steel that contrasts with a 19th-century armory building. At its highest point, the towering form creates a viewing platform that overlooks Dresden.

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Bitter Bredt
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Ground Zero master plan sketch by Daniel Libeskind

Ground Zero Master Plan (New York City)

Studio Daniel Libeskind designed the master plan for Ground Zero, a complete redevelopment that features three new towers, a transporation hub, and a museum. Libeskind has been working with firms including Snøhetta, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Santiago Calatrava, to reimagine the Lower Manhattan site.

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Daniel Libeskind
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White web bookcase by Daniel Libeskind for Poliform

Web bookcase by Daniel Libeskind for Poliform (2014)

This sturdy Corian bookcase is both a functional storage unit and a sculptural centerpiece.

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Titanium clad angular extension to the Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum Extension

Libeskind designed a titanium-clad addition to the Denver Art Museum that resembles the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver.

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Denver Art Museum
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Architect Daniel Libeskind portrait

Be sure to join Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Dwell's Amanda Dameron at the inaugural Dwell on Design NY conference on October 9, 2014. Photo by Ilan Besor. 

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Ilan Besor
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Crystals at City Center shopping hub in Las Vegas

Crystals at CityCenter (Las Vegas)

This sprawling structure brings 500,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space to the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Clad in a stainless steel and glass curtain wall, the center is the largest retail space to receive LEED Gold Core & Shell certification.

Image courtesy of Scott Frances.

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron joined architect Daniel Libeskind onstage to discuss his built work, ranging from the Military History Museum in Dresden to the Jewish museums in Berlin, Copenhagen, and San Francisco, to New York City’s Ground Zero master plan. Libeskind's keynote took place at Dwell on Design NY on Thursday, October 9, at 5pm at 82Mercer in SoHo; for more information on our programming lineup, visit dwellondesign.com.

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