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March 28, 2008

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Norbert Tallis

It is worth noting that Daniel Libeskind had to (yes - HAD TO!!)hire another architectural firm to design his own little apartment in New York. It seems the grinning buffoon can't get beyond his own crude napkin sketches, even for a small, easy project type. But I wonder why he didn't use any of his own staff either. Maybe he was afraid his apartment would leak like his design for Toronto's ROM 'Crystal" or Denver's equally dumb 'DAM'building

Richard Prouty

I'm not a huge Libeskind fan, either--to my mind his jagged edges just throw off energy to no good purpose. But he has a distinct and deliberately developed architectural vocabulary, which counts for something. Anyway, this is what I've heard about his Manhattan apartment: According to his wife, he hired an outside architect to design it because he didn't want to live in a place he designed. He didn't want to live inside his own head. I know of no other architect who has hired somebody else to design his or her home, but the explanation is plausible.

Jeremy ZZZ

Nina's story is hogwash and damage control. In a New York Times article the Libeskinds actually claimed Daniel designed the apartment. How dumb or arrogant is that? The Times issued a correction the following week after someone tipped them off about the pair of them making such a boldfaced lie. (Alex Gorlin designed it for them.) - By the way, Peter Eisenmann also hired another architect to design HIS apartment. What's his excuse? Basically Libeskind and Eisenman are both hypocrites. But frankly, I wouldn't want to live in a Libeskind-designed apartment either.

Jeremy ZZZ

Nina's story is hogwash and damage control. In a New York Times article the Libeskinds actually claimed Daniel designed the apartment. How dumb or arrogant is that? The Times issued a correction the following week after someone tipped them off about the pair of them making such a boldfaced lie. (Alex Gorlin designed it for them.) - By the way, Peter Eisenmann also hired another architect to design HIS apartment. What's his excuse? Basically Libeskind and Eisenman are both hypocrites. But frankly, I wouldn't want to live in a Libeskind-designed apartment either.

Craig

What a disgusting, ugly and pretentious building!

Ricardo Dongu

Libeskind's capacity for stupid, ego-driven formal solutions is getting tedious.

Carl K.

Libeskind is notorious for sudedenly "discovering" (i.e. 'creating'), his napkin sketches long after the project is well underway on site. He varies the gimmick now and then by using a train ticket or some other scrap of paper, but basically he's the same lying cheat he always was.

Richard Prouty

This is an interesting thread, and one that's pretty hostile to Libeskind. One thing is clear, though: Libeskind is a master showman.

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