Libeskind PWC Tower, CityLife
The Curved One: A new slender and stylish tower defines the iconic Citylife skyline
Known as “The Curved One” during the planning stage, the last Tower to be built was conceived by its creator, Daniel Libeskind, as part of an ideal sphere encompassing and completing the ‘Tre Torri’ Square.
Situated between Hadid and Isozaki’s buildings, the Libeskind Tower slopes in toward its counterparts and the central park below. Each building has an individual expression, yet all three are coupled in a cohesive arrangement in order to create the grand public piazza.
The Tower, 175 meters high (574 ft.) and 28 storeys, will host executive offices and will be directly connected to the shopping gallery and to the new underground line 5. The curved tower’s facade consists of sustainable, state of the art glass, which will reflect the public space below and vistas around. The upper part of the Tower is known as The Crown and is characterized by a glass structure whose geometrical lines complete the building, closing the spherical tendency, which is crucial to the project concept.
Libeskind Tower has achieved excellence in the field of eco-sustainability: its state-of-the-art technologies have awarded it with the LEED Gold Certification. It honors the most innovative, performing and efficient buildings in terms of the environment preservation.
Insulated triple glazed unitised curtain walling
Born in Postwar Poland, Libeskind immigrated to America with his family becoming an American citizen in 1964. He received his professional architectural degree in 1970 from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, then a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1972. Since establishing his practice in Berlin in 1989, Mr. Libeskind has designed major cultural, commercial and residential projects around the world. These include the master plan for the World Trade Center and the Jewish Museum Berlin. In October of 2011, his firm, Studio Daniel Libeskind, completed its redesign of what is now Germany’s largest museum, the Military History Museum in Dresden. The same month Hong Kong’s City University celebrated the opening of the Libeskind-designed Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. The Studio has several projects under construction, including City Life’s redevelopment of the historic Fiera Milano Fairgrounds in Milan. Among the many Libeskind buildings that have received worldwide acclaim are The Felix Nussbaum Haus, in Osnabrück, Germany (1998); the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England (2002); the extension to the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum Residences (2006), the Royal Ontario Museum (2007) and the Glass Courtyard, an extension to the Jewish Museum Berlin,(2007); the Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, a residential high-rise in Covington, Kentucky (2008); the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (2008); and Westside, Europe’s largest retail and health center, located in Bern, Switzerland (2008). Daniel Libeskind Mr. Libeskind has taught and lectured at many universities worldwide. He has received numerous awards including the 2001 Hiroshima Art Prize — an award given to an artist whose work promotes international understanding and peace, never before given to an architect. Mr. Libeskind’s ideas have influenced a new generation of architects and those interested in the future development of cities and culture.