Villa by Daniel Libeskind

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Architect Daniel Libeskind has unveiled Villa, a made-to-order luxury house that can be delivered and assembled anywhere in the world.

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Built in Germany, the zinc-clad Villa has two interior design options: "Libeskind Style" and "Casual Style".

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The Villa costs from €2-3 million, depending on location, including shipping and assembly. Here's some information from the Villa brochure:

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A crystal growing from rock

Like a crystal growing from rock, a dramatic structure emerges from the ground: The Villa, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, is a work of art. Built from premium materials, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards in design, craftsmanship and sustainability. It is unique at every turn, offering maximum insulation and durability, cutting-edge technologies and compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards across the world.

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Libeskind’s Villa awakens the senses: light floods through glass expanses, clean lines invite calm, elegant halls and staircases offer seamless transitions. Symbolically and physically, the Villa’s connection with nature is uninterrupted, offering ample natural light and open spaces.

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A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelop the Villa in striking angles, creating a dramatic, asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. The impressive entrance hall leads to an elaborate Grand Room which highlights the geometric space. Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.

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High-tech façade

Mimicking the Jewish Museum in Berlin and other architectural masterpieces by Daniel Libeskind, the Villa’s exterior is enveloped by an elegant standing-seam zinc façade, which enables the use of 21st Century technologies such as a solar thermal system and a rain water harvesting system. The zinc cladding is available in two hues that resemble naturally aged zinc: the popular pre-weathered blue-gray, and the elegant graphite-gray, both made by leading German zinc manufacturer Rheinzink.

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Large floor-to-ceiling windows create dazzling displays of sunlight and transparency inside the house. The aluminum façade, adorned with mullions and concealed fittings, offers maximum thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance. Homeowners may choose from double or triple low-E glazing, as well as different surface colors and finishes.

A new era of luxury

The dramatic look of the Villa’s exterior is matched by a luxurious interior. Among the exquisite amenities is the stunning kitchen ensemble, situated in the Grand Room, with a custom-made island designed by Daniel Libeskind – an attractive focal point for cooking, dining and entertaining.

Equally breathtaking is the monolithic rain shower in the Master Suite Bathroom on the first floor. Rising four meters above ground, the elegant shower provides a perfectly controlled mix of water, mist, light and fragrance to soothe the senses and quiet the mind. Wellness is also at the heart of the lower level, where a fitness oasis features a dramatically lit sauna, among other state-of-the-art amenities.

The interior of the Villa comes in two styles carefully composed by Daniel Libeskind: The cool, sculptural “Libeskind Style”, and the warm, natural “Casual Style”.

Casual style interior

Elegant smoked parquet flooring, slim stainless steel staircases, and soft, bright manufactured stones in the bathrooms distinguish the Casual Style, which evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. Plush lounges, intimate lighting and warm colors, best suited to the Casual Style, create a striking contrast with the exterior architecture and more stylistic elements of the Villa.

Libeskind style interior

Marked by stark white, polished flooring, sculptural bathroom decor, and clear, sharp forms, the Libeskind Style brings the dramatic exterior look and feel of the Villa indoors, lending an airy, open feel to the sun-drenched living spaces. This unrestrictive and energizing style highlights both spiraling, two-story peaks and secluded terraces with artistic grace.

Interior

Scientific evidence now proves that humans consume natural resources at unsustainable levels. Clearly, efforts must be made in order to curb such unprecedented use of precious stock. The Villa was conceived and designed to be part of this effort and demonstrates that exceptional architecture can promote the efficient use of natural resources.

Design and Materials

Sustainable materials are at the heart of Libeskind’s design. While not apparent from the exterior, the Villa is largely constructed of wood, a renewable resource that is making a strong comeback as a key building material for the 21st Century, due to its impressive carbon-storing capabilities.

The wooden core offers maximum thermal insulation, and thus efficient operation. With more than 360 mm of recyclable wooden fibers and a heat transition coefficient of 0.11 W/m²K, the insulation of the Villa’s exterior walls matches that of passive houses.

Onsite Renewables

The Villa employs onsite renewable energy sources for heating, electricity and water. Its standard configuration includes a solar thermal system which is invisibly integrated into the zinc façade, as well as a geothermal system with a high-efficiency heat pump.

In addition, electric power may be generated from photovoltaic thinfilm, while rain water can be harvested from the rooftop for use in the garden’s irrigation system.

Energy Saving Standards

As a result of its high thermal insulation capabilities and renewable energy sources, the Villa is classified as a low-energy structure. Indeed, it complies with some of the world’s toughest energy-saving standards, such as Germany’s KfW40 code, which
indicates a thermal energy consumption of less than 40 kWh/m²a.

Sustainability

The Villa is designed to provide homeowners with the highest level of luxury and comfort. Every detail has been meticulously addressed, from the most exclusive fittings to the most efficient heating systems and the most sophisticated communication and home control systems.

Because the Villa relies on innovative building technologies, this high living standard is realized in an sustainable, eco-friendly manner. For example, heating and cooling systems are powered by renewable energies, while the ventilation system recovers almost all of the heat during air exchange.

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation

To maximize comfort, the Villa is equipped with a multifunctional heating, ventilation and cooling system. The underfloor heating provides gentle radiant heat across all floor levels, and can even transport refreshing cool water to living quarters on hot summer days.

The ventilation system provides fresh, pollen- and draught-free air at a pleasing temperature, and recycles air to pre-heat the incoming air at a heat recovery rate of 90%. The multifunctional system is exclusively powered by solar and geothermal energy.

Electrical and Security

All building technologies are easily monitored and controlled via an electrical bus system which allows homeowners to program custom lighting scenes, operate sun shades, regulate room temperatures, ventilation and household devices, and monitor the security system.

Various communication media can be accessed throughout the house, such as internet, telephone, radio and television. TV screens, for example, have been installed behind bathroom mirrors to connect busy homeowners with the world’s affairs with the touch of a button.

Health and Wellness

High-end fixtures and accessories convey luxury and exclusivity. Among them, homeowners will find Dornbracht’s latest bathroom series, which mimics stylistic elements of the Villa’s architecture, or a large handcrafted Jacuzzi tub and a grand rain shower, which sits four meters above ground to provide a perfectly controlled mix of water, mist, light and fragrance. On the lower level, a dramatically lit sauna is among the luxurious amenities of a wellness and fitness oasis.

www.libeskind-villa.com

  • zee

    Vintage Libeskind…and I LOVE IT!

    I was thinking to myself a couple of days ago about the disappearance of DL.

  • OG

    Amazling! this must be the future of housing, to see every house as a sculpture more then just neatly ordered boxes.
    and i love the idea of light being the most important material of the building. every angle of the exterior has it’s own function and individual characteristics.

    and i also love the idea of a 4 meter high shower head! but mustn’t the water cool down in the air before it reaches you and thus you’ll need to use more hot water?

  • kumakuma

    Gross.

    €2-3 million? Really?

  • Niels

    I always like Libeskind’s sculptural appproach to architecture. It’s an almost Baroque way of doing things and that’s just fine by me but creating a villa that can be planted everywhere in the world makes it a bit to gimmicky to me. I still believe architectural projects should be designed from a given concept. Not just designing a cool looking house and then just put it anywhere you want. This to me is true for the identity of the house and on the other side the “sustainability” they promise is not quite the smartest. It doesn’t rely on a good orientation and other natural ways of making something sustainable in a quite more logical and better way than putting an entire mechanical ventilationsystem with heatregain in the villa. A smart natural ventilation system doesn’t consume any energy. It’s a bit too much suburbia with one gimmick next to the other to me.

  • sebastian

    mimick .. outch!

  • Wim

    Daniel’s building would be even more sustainable and eco-friendly if he would use wood as cladding material instead of zinc.

    Also sustainability is a lot more than just using energy-saving technologies. It’s also about contextual designing for example. And that’s something i miss in this project.

    I think it is a good evolution that starchitects also start to design buildings that are more than just a fancy form.

  • RWTX

    I love it, too, but €2-3 million? That’s definitely “green” (to reference an American expression)!

  • karl koch

    This makes me so sad, when architects don’t care if its a museum or a private house, it all looks the same. This is where our bad reputation is founded. Care more about the content DL!

  • G

    “Mimicking the Jewish Museum in Berlin and other architectural masterpieces by Daniel Libeskind, the Villa’s exterior is enveloped by an elegant standing-seam zinc façade”

    hmm, did Studio DL write that themselves?

    Every single DL building I have seen is dull, poorly detailed and just has the same expression whatever function the building has got. It is just very ordinary building made to tilt a bit or zig-zag a bit, making them poor and not working very well. They are not very spatially interesting. Funnily enough all his projects are always allegedly derived from either the Star of David, Orion or the Rocky Mountain etc, and then they all end up looking the same.

    Architectural Masterpieces, I think not!

    Emperors New Clothes, anybody?

  • o.k

    ohh come on danny, give us a break…

  • Dijana

    “Libeskind to go” !!!!!

    And where exactly is architecture here???
    Money making machine!

    What have we acctualy learn from International style? To repeat their mistakes? You can just order the same house, put it on the beach or in your backyard… North, East, nomether where, it belongs everywhere???
    Pack up the house, load the truck, put it anywhere you want just show us the money! That should be the line for seling it!

    This man cannot be serious!!!
    Oh, he did not desapear, he is just to bussy not making good architecture!

  • http://www.markpimlott.com Mark

    I suppose the forms reflect potential owners’ latent angst, their world falling apart, or rather, torn asunder by crises they cannot control. In this way, it is very profound… I understand now.

  • Nadji

    Libeskind’s star has been on the wane. The more he built, the more foolish his oeuvre looked. This prefab is yet another example of the one single (and weak), idea Libeskind ever had. And even that idea, (the Jewish Museum in Berlin) has lately been criticized in the New York Times for trivializing the Holocaust and for turning tragedy into an amusement park ride, all for the glory of Libeskind’s ego. – Good luck to anyone who hopes to recoup their investment on this one.

  • Bozo

    Haha,
    What did you expect.

  • Jonathan

    For $3mil – $4 mil. a wealthy client should expect a unique house that responds to a specific site, a highly personal lifestyle and individual aesthetic goals. Libeskind’s mass-produced, “one-size-fits-all” house, however glorified in the jargonistic buzzwords of the day (i.e. “sustainability”), satisfies none of those ideals. Hence it can never truly be considered high-end design. It will never be more than something for the intellectually insecure to use to try and achieve social credibility. Only a fool would buy into the hype.

    Jonathan

  • lewis

    If you get DL to design a farm house, it will also end up like a museum.

  • andrew

    i thought what made architecture interesting was the fact that it develops from specific cultural and geographical contexts, not only in form but in materials and construction methods as well. i feel the same way about the supposedly “sustainable ” elements as well, why would this house need to harvest rainwater for irrigation in a tropical climate? and how is wood a renewable resource? i thought people were still concerned about forest depletion and this project seems to herald the use of wood as a luxurious and sustainable material. oh well, i guess i still have much to learn about architecture, can you please teach me mr. libeskind so i can be famous like you too?

  • yimyim

    yay! more americanised wafer-thin architecture like the stuff you get out of you local vending machine at the train station… You know if you eat too much of that stuff and it makes you sick, actually I^m feeling slightly queasy at the moment…
    The real problem here is people keep giving them commissions :P

  • Zarko

    Why this should be a house more than a showroom or a museum?

  • nick the greek

    McArchitecture

  • j11

    spare us.

  • tos

    Come on! pls! i have to admit this kind of architure for the sake of architure really vexs me! a made-to-order luxury house that can be delivered and assembled anywhere in the world? shame on him for designing in a vaccum.

  • Nikola S.

    I live on Greenland. It will perfectly fit on the climate there :-P

    The real good thing in this project that I have finally found out what kind of architect he is.

    Daniel, please find another job. Please
    Let me have at least one good word for you, only because you made the Berlin Holocaust museum.

  • tk

    how come Daniel cant do ant thing better than the Berlin Jewish museum??? unless he didnt do that…

  • http://architekturblog.wordpress.com/ epi

    DL goes serial production!I never would have guessed.

  • ste

    someone remember Greg Lynn Embroylogical hosues? that was very conceptual but he had a nice feel for the specifity in series and i loved the approach… there was this spirit of making customized things ecological… 10 years later DL comes up with a signature labeled prefab house… so boring and imho a kind of offence to the wealthy house owners out there!

  • Michael Resnick

    I firmly believe that Libeskind never gave a moments thought to site, to context, to the environment or to value when he cranked out the pathetic sketch for this design. (It’s shown on his web-site.) Like all of Daniel Libeskind’s work, this project derived from one of a really dumb, 10-second sketch that passes for Design, Design Development and Construction Documents in Libeskind’s office.

  • B.V.G.

    This is just the latest attempt by Libeskind to try and market the same ol’ same ol’, albeit packaged in “environmentally friendly” jargon. But essentially he is using the same “architecture of trauma’ aesthetic that he pulled on the museum in Berlin.

    So why do these same forms and diagonal slashes apply here? The answer is simple. Because it is the only gimmick Libeskind knows.

  • Nigel

    kill me if this guy doesn’t make crosses on the wall.

  • http://www.a-ngine.com a-ngine

    Thats no architecture any more. Thats just poorness in creativity.

  • slater

    Hey D.L., why don’t you spend more time doing important things…like correctly detailing the envelope/roof of the Denver Art Museum. It is now under heavy renovation to fix leaks. The stupid thing has only been open for about 30 months and now it is 1/2 torn apart while being fixed. I’ve been to some other pieces of your work, the jewish museum in berlin, I didn’t see any problems with that. Maybe it was just already fixed.

    I have to give you credit though, I do really like the forms of your buildings, but the quality of detailing/craftsmanship is not up to the same level….

  • Quinn

    Yikes. Talk about a one-act pony. How is this guy relevant again?

  • godfrey

    I don’t know how anyone can criticize pre-fab housing for a lack of attention to site. It’s prefabricated, mass produced housing. Part of the underlying concept relies on its ability to be placed in any context. If the site were important, it would have just been a single house. If you take a look, DL actually has a single family home in Connecticut under construction which uses the same language, but is a much different building.

    And the latest NYTimes article about the Jewish Museum, while not doing DL any favors, was mostly critical of the exhibits which I have heard are quite nonsensical.

  • max habib

    DL has mined the “crystal” analogy to death. His hideous “crystal” attached to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has vast swathes of unusable space. The finishes and detailing are abysmal.

  • Krish

    I like the house, but if there will be hundreads like this, then it’s not exclusive and even mass production….
    But I like the idea of shower & TV in/behind the mirror & the lights

  • Jorge

    Design Summary:

    Stupid shape – [Check]
    Pretentious logic – [Check]
    Corny symbolism – [Check]
    Rehash of unbuilt project – [Check]
    Stupid diagonals – [Check]
    Immature design rational – [Check]
    Sloped wall gimmick – [Check]

    OK. It all adds up to another formulaic project from those mindless kids playing architect over at Studio Daniel Libeskind.

  • Vico

    I thought the very idea of prefabrication was to facilitate high architecture at low cost. Who would pay so much for an off the shelf product like this? Rich people want an architect they can boss around, and to out-do the neighbours. Libeskind offer neither.

    The reality is that the GFC has hit Libeskind’s office. If he is peddling renders of a house available for “any site”, it’s probable that his office has few actual sites, and real jobs, to work on.

    Not waving, drowning.

  • Kerry K

    For Libeskind, “sustainability” and LEED certification is just another marketing ploy to sell the same old idea he has been cranking out for years. But I doubt Libeskind even knows what the LEED acronym signifies.

    In Manchester, Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum was singled out to receive the UK’s worst possible energy rating, and was declared an abysmal energy guzzler.

    Here, the wasteful surface area to volume ratio is the first give away that energy was not really on Libeskind’s mind when he “designed” this. And not knowing the location, the siting, the orientation or the local climate, how responsible to energy needs can it be anyway. Take the very large window areas. Depending on the site they could end up facing north or south with potentially disastrous results for heat gain or heat loss.

    This project is bogus on so many levels it is a joke. But then so is Libeskind himself.

  • ivan zuboticki

    seriously, this is on some bad stuff. Bad proporptions silly house. Sorry guys Liebeskind has always been a bad designer. If I want to see deconstruvism give me Eisenman any day…

  • Frances

    Clearly, this is about fashion only. And the fashion is tired and dated looking.

  • Fargo Arch

    Even in the recent decade where excess sometimes looked OK, Libeskind managed to look superficial. Now, in a world focused on restraint and common sense, Libeskind is starting to look more like the ass he’s always been. This hideous thing is an insult to the way we need to live now.

  • Troy Calpern

    Isn’t Libeskind the guy who had to hire a sensible architect to design a workable, practical home that he could live in with his own family?

    So, if Libeskind’s wacked out ideas are not good enough for his own house, why does he think the public will be interested in the same garbage?

  • Chaim Berkowitz

    This house proves Libeskind doesn’t understand anything about sustainability or environmentally-responsible design. They are just the latest buzzwords he is appropriating in an attempt to make his architecture APPEAR to be relevant.

  • Lina

    hello , How to get Villa house plans (fasades) ?please, help

  • Sh.Z

    I love The general form of building it seems so comfortable,lively,easily & also Strong!

    It is completely Thought-out…

  • what

    How to become an asshole in one easy step:

    1. Buy this house.