Sapphire

Sapphire

Architect
Studio Daniel Libeskind

Wenzel + Wenzel
Location
Berlin, Germany | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Housing
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Sapphire

Studio Daniel Libeskind as Architects

This residential commission in Germany brought Daniel Libeskind back to Berlin for his first residential project in the city. The project, located on a busy corner in the Mitte neighborhood in central Berlin, presented a design challenge: how to carve out 73 desirable one- to four-bedroom apartments on a plot measuring a little less than half an acre?


In large part, Studio Libeskind succeeded by incorporating large angular windows and canted walls that bring in natural light and invoke a feeling of spaciousness. The design team also added a dramatic flourish: atop the roof and visible above the façade is the upward sweep of a double-height glass ceiling: inside, a penthouse with sloping glass walls and access to a roof patio overlooks the City of Berlin.


The three-dimensional, geometric-patterned stoneware tile adorning the façade is another design signature. Designed by Daniel Libeskind for Casalgrande Padana, the panels are technologically advanced to self-clean and aid in air purification.


With retail shops on the ground floor, underground parking, and a common outdoor area, this high-spirited, contemporary complex stands on land where the Wulffersche iron factory once operated, before being expropriated from its Jewish owners during World War II.

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Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Plumbing Engineer, Structural Engineer, General Contractor & Site Supervision
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Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
Fractile LD1 porcelain stoneware tiles – Facade Cladding - Antracite Metallizzato (Metallic Charcoal) color and Fractile ceramic tiles (3D and flat versions) - Metallizzato color in Silver Grey, Gold and CopperCasalgrande PadanaFractile
Product Spec Sheet
Fractile LD1 porcelain stoneware tiles – Facade Cladding - Antracite Metallizzato (Metallic Charcoal) color and Fractile ceramic tiles (3D and flat versions) - Metallizzato color in Silver Grey, Gold and Copper
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