daniel libeskind: 18.36.54 house, connecticut daniel libeskind: 18.36.54 house, connecticut
may 03, 2013

daniel libeskind: 18.36.54 house, connecticut

‘18.36.54 home’ by daniel libeskind, connecticut, united statesimage © nikolas koenig




located on a 54 acre meadow in connecticut surrounded by 250 year-old oak trees and historic low stacked stone walls, the ‘18.36.54 house’ bydaniel libeskind uses a faceted structure to frame dynamic views from all angles of the site. photographer nikolas koenig has shared exclusive imageswith us showing the various angles of the project. the 2000 square-foot home is conceived as a continuously folding ribbon structure of 18 planes, 36 points and 54 lines. its outer skin is comprised of reflective copper panels, continuing the natural material palette as it stands visibly independent of its surroundings. the interior is rendered in deep-toned wooden planks that provide a warm elegant feel to the interior. the wrapping envelope that defines the boundaries of the residence is the basis for all the components of the house, infilled with almost hidden glazed panes that allow fragmented views or entry points for indirect light. the interior reads as a unified volume, where the ribbon intrudes into the ground plane, subtly marking the distinction of programmatic elements or serving multiple purposes as the roof plane folds down into a partition which extends into a piece of furniture.




house in the rural landscapeimage © nikolas koenig



back entrance through the metallic structural bandsimage © nikolas koenig



cladding detailimage © nikolas koenig



traversing elements define various fragmented aperturesimage © nikolas koenig



main entranceimage © nikolas koenig



living room with views to the exteriorimage © nikolas koenig



exterior structure folds into the interior forming partitions and fixturesimage © nikolas koenig



image © nikolas koenig



view towards the bedroom, floor height changes signal different functionsimage © nikolas koenig



shower image © nikolas koenig



 floor plan / level 0













project info:



building area: 2000 sq. ft.completed: 2010client: anonymousstructural engineer: hage engineering, pcmechanical/electrical/plumbing engineer: p.a. collins, p.e.civil engineer: cca engineering, llclighting consultant: arup lightingwindows: steel windows & doors usabuilding science consultant: simpson gumphertz & hegercontractor (raw construction): cnr groupcontractor (facade): a. zahner company




about the photographer:


nikolas koenig, born in frankfurt am main and educated at the academy for photo design in munich, moved to new york in 1995 where he began a career working with internationally recognized publications such as architectural digest, conde nast traveler, GQ, harper’s bazaar, wallpaper, and the new york times magazine amongst many others. his experience ranges a wide scope of projects, from commercial projects to hotels, urban and natural landscapes, and architecture that includes work from daniel libeskind, renzo piano, tadao ando, 1100 architect, david rockwell, annabelle selldorf and tom kundig.


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  • oddly Lautner-esque, at the same time its hard not to draw parallels to “da Monsta”, particularly with regard to location and the priveleged setting

    there’s quite a few details that I think could have been better resolved, but the conflicts are to be expected when exercising the level of formal bravado demonstrated here

    overall, really pretty damn spectacular

    dbkii says:
  • All the usual Liebskind angles are forced into what a human must live in. As a sculpture from the outside, nice. From the inside, I hope the client is young and doesn’t hit their head or fall into one of those transitional floor pockets.

    faftaichi says:
  • I feel an anxiety attack coming on – this guy wants a Pritzprize

    www.illem says:
  • Simultaneously, derivative and irrelevant.

    Mike Jackson says:
  • nice tree

    www.illem says:
  • I like certain elements of this project as I appreciate lot of Libeskind’s work but as a whole, this design is over the top. The huge diagonal section across the entrance??..

    Joe says:
  • The clients were artists and wanted both interior and exterior with views resembling a sculpture and art , something new in every turn.

    Ed C. says:
  • It’s on Burnett rd in New Milford near Kent

    nutmegger says:
  • Fantastic house !!! I really like this new kind of architecture.

    aurelia-m says:
  • Very feminie ..love it! ..

    Sandcrab Island will be watching you.. ;0)

    Have a great day!

    angel says:
  • Another example of Daniel Libeskind stubborn effort to demonstrate that more is less.

    Iggy13 says:
  • once, when a was young i get an idea to design a house, which should be a house and a tomb simultanteously. i called it coffinhouse. so libeskind did it…

    farhad says:
  • Can someone pass we the wedge temple please?

    Harry S says:
  • Depressing. Who wants to live in their own private Holocaust Museum?

    Shabat says:
  • Depressingly decadent and perfectly executed. A perfect exercise for absurd-reduction via design and architecture. Very sombre.

    mbv says:
  • This is a great use of materials in contrast with one another. Looks amazingly comfortable and warm inside.
    It is a remarkable sculpture in a wonderful setting. It would be great to see the house from further off.

    Ron Smith says:
  • I love the exterior of this house but feel overwhelmed by the interior. Had the interior been paired back you would be able to appreciate the beautiful environment where the house is located. The shapes and angles inside would be more beautiful if they were not clad in a forest worth of timber. I’d be interested to know whether five years down the track the owners can handle all the dark timber!

    Kate says:
  • It is the very antithesis of a weekend country retreat. Outside, it’s a loud garish intrusion on the landscape. Inside, it’s an overwrought, convoluted mess of jarring lines, dead-end spaces and drab, depressing colors. How can you relax knowing you commissioned the most pretentious architect to design the most contrived and awkward environment?

    Thorndike says:
  • WOW Daniel Liebeskind Rocks!
    This is a palace of timeless discovery.

    Ben says:
  • Over the top! Sorry. Not convincing as a house. Love is museums and ideas but this is far over the top!

    atelier argos says:
  • I have been working at LDLICF for 5 years renovating hundred of Luxury Apartment in NYC . I know the profile of this type of clients ! This house is not a residence but just a living sculpture for the week end were to be inspire far from the nonsense! ( Into the nonsense) !

    Design T says:
  • It is contrived, forced, gimmick-laden and incredibly immature. What it lacks in subtlety or refinement is poorly compensated for by bombastic, awkward and ultimately meaningless gestures. What could have been a work of significan architecture became, instead, a manifestation of one architect’s crude handling of form all jumbled together to honor his own ego. What a waste of money and opportunity for such an annoying and abysmal result.

    Ray Crane says:

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