Sapphire

Sapphire

Architect
Studio Daniel Libeskind


Wenzel + Wenzel
Location
Berlin, Germany
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.

Project team
Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Plumbing Engineer, Structural Engineer, General Contractor & Site Supervision
Cost Supervision
Product Specifications
BrandCategoryProducts
Casalgrande PadanaCasalgrande PadanaFractile 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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