Studio Daniel Libeskind has recently unveiled the design for a residential building in Berlin that will brighten the already emerging neighborhood of Chausseestrasse. The completion is expected in 2015. The eight-storey building is continuation of his work in this city – his Berlin projects include very well known Jewish Museum. With its large angular windows designed to catch maximum light, canted walls and metallic-coated ceramic façade the building will occupy the corner of a block in Berlin Mitte.
The challenge was to create 73 one to four bedroom apartments on almost rectangular plot, which will accommodate seductive retail on the ground floor, underground parking and a common outdoor area. The dramatic ending of the building features a penthouse apartment at the top, which embodies the ultimate inside-outside urban living. Its double-height living room is lined on one side by a sloping wall of obliquely shaped windows, which leads out to a patio overlooking Berlin. A floating stairway ascends to an open-plan living area, bedrooms are tucked into the rear, and the ceiling sweeps up to a height of 21 feet.
This seductive piece of architecture is clad in an innovative three-dimensional stoneware tile that the architect designed with the Italian company Casalgrande Padana. The ceramic panels create an expressive metallic pattern while they posses surprisingly sustainable properties such as air purification and self-cleaning.
This unique opportunity for modern living occupies a piece of Berlin Mitte where the Wulffersche iron factory once operated before being expropriated from its Jewish owners during World War II.