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Work begins on Libeskind’s Berlin apartments

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Work has begun on a shiny silver apartment scheme in Berlin designed by Daniel Libeskind

The 10,000m² block of flats, which sits close to the Berlin Wall in the city’s Chausseestrasse neighbourhood, features Libeskind’s trademark angles alongside a shiny silver façade.

The 72-apartment scheme has been named ‘Sapphire’ by Libeskind, who said: ‘It’s all about its holistic character: the light of the sapphire, and simultaneously its softness.’

He added: ‘A sapphire is also rough, it is hard, it is durable, it is rugged, it is resilient due to the very nature of its material. All of these are character traits shared by Berlin itself and its residents.’

Located within the building’s ‘prow-like top’, the scheme’s 200m2 penthouse has a double-height living space and a roof terrace overlooking the city.  

The project is set to complete in spring 2016.

Daniel Libeskind Berlin apartment scheme

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  • The 'trademark angles' seem rather superficial, compared for example with the trademark angles & curves of Zaha Hadid's work.
    And the quote about its holistic character etc etc could qualify for inclusion in 'Pseuds Corner' in Private Eye.
    It's surely got as much in common with Dali's 'Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) as with a saphire - with the analogy being that of buildings, rather than humans (or a country) being torn apart.

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