Location: Connecticut, USA
Size: 2,000 square feet
Architect and Interior Designer: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Eighteen copper panels slice through an open Connecticut sky in the 18.36.54 house by Daniel Libeskind, the master plan architect of the new World Trade Center site in New York. Best known for his public buildings, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and MGM Mirage's City Center in Las Vegas, this deconstructivist weekend home was Libeskind's first private commission. Named for the 18 planes, 36 points, and 54 lines spiraling around an open living plan, Libeskind likened the 18.36.54 house to "a musical composition...[It is] very abstract, very refined, very perfect, geometrically," he explained in an interview with Architectural Record.
Situated on 54 acres in western Connecticut, the 18.36.54 house rises from the surrounding fields and folds into an angular mass of mirror-finish bronzed stainless steel paneling and glass that dips into the interior space forming sloping walls and ceilings. The oversized mirrored planes reflect the surrounding landscape on its surface while inviting fragments of the natural environment into the space. As you approach the site, the geometry of the exterior seems to shift color scheme as it reflects the light and sky.
The open interior—anchored by a central area containing a bookshelf, storage, and a bathroom—features elevation changes in the floors, which slope gently from the entryway into the living and dining rooms.
The furniture and finishings—including an oversized sofa, dining table, and fireplace—are custom designed by Libeskind and handcrafted from locally harvested oak, lending warmth and natural contrast to the concrete floor. The sharp lines and angles that define the furniture and hardware mirror the geometry of the home itself.
The space offers unmediated views of the surrounding landscape, creating juxtapositions of sharp, manmade steel with the expansive natural environment.
—LinYee Yuan. Follow her at @linyee.