Architectural Drawings by Daniel Libeskind
at Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery


An exhibition of drawings by architect Daniel Libeskind will go on show at the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Rome next month.

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind will feature sketches and watercolours by the New York architect for seven of his best-known projects, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin (top) and the Museum of Military History in Dresden (below).

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

Daniel Libeskind described the importance of drawing to his architectural practice in his 2004 memoir, Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture. "[T]he physical act of drawing with one’s hand is an important part of the architectural process," he wrote. "An architect needs to know how to draw; unless there is a connection of eye, hand, and mind, the drawing of the building will lose the human soul altogether and become an abstract exercise."

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

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Over 50 original drawings are to go on show, from a huge scroll depicting the masterplan for the Ground Zero site in New York (above) to smaller sketches and more traditional line drawings.

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

Other projects illustrated in the exhibition include the 18.36.54 House in Connecticut, the Fiera Milano mixed-use complex in Milan (above) and the Zlota 44 residential tower in Warsaw (below). Two unbuilt projects will also feature: the City Edge masterplan for Berlin and a proposed extension to London's V&A museum (bottom).

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

The exhibition will run from 11 March to 30 April at the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Rome. It will then travel to the gallery's other locations in Milan, Turin, Tel Aviv and New York.

Daniel Libeskind Sketches

This week Libeskind was also in the news for speaking out against architects who create "morally questionable" buildings in undemocratic countries. He also recently completed an education centre at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

See more architecture by Daniel Libeskind, including his proposals for the Yongsan International Business District in Seoul, South Korea.

  • jos

    The drawings are better than the buildings.

    • h.a.

      Indeed! Although some of them clearly show the shallow motivations from which the buildings originate. Pure cosmetics.

    • Daniel k

      I think the drawings are as bad as the buildings, which are in turn as bad as the ideas.

  • bonsaiman

    The drawings are better than his false ethics.

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  • Allan

    Some are wholly pretentious doodles. Others are illustrations of superficial concepts. All are crudely drawn. None are beautiful. So why exhibit them when they have so little to offer?

  • -Q-

    I wish he would stick just to the drawings =D

  • Raymond

    All the silly idiots on this thread should shut up. These drawings are remarkably beautiful.