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Libeskind Villa by Studio Daniel Libeskind

March 4th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

The Libeskind Villa is a dynamic 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. Like a crystal growing from rock, the Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space. Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energysaving standards worldwide.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 1 -(c) Frank Marburger

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Building Area: 5,500 sq. ft.
  • Completed: 2009
  • Client: proportion GmbH
  • Consulting Architect: Achim Dannenberg
  • Structural Engineer: Martin Augenstein, Werner Zuber
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Hans-Dieter Hammer, Roland Jockel
  • Contractor: Rheinzink GmbH & Co.
  • Building URL:

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 2 - (c) Frank Marburger

The Villa awakens the senses: light floods through glass expanses, clean lines invite calm, elegant halls and staircases offer seamless transitions. Symbolically and physically, the structure’s connection with nature is uninterrupted, offering ample natural light and open spaces.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 3 - (c) Frank Marburger

The Villa is available as a limited edition of 30 units worldwide with regional exclusivity. The Villa can be shipped to almost any location in the world within months, and will be assembled on location
by a team of experts within weeks.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 4 - (c) Frank Marburger


A crystal growing from rock

Like a crystal growing from rock, a structure emerges from the ground: The Villa, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is a work of art. Built from premium materials, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards in design, craftsmanship and sustainability.

Libeskind’s Villa awakens the senses: light floods through glass expanses, clean lines invite calm, elegant halls and staircases offer seamless transitions. Symbolically and physically, the Villa’s connection with nature is uninterrupted, offering ample natural light and open spaces.

A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelop the Villa in striking angles, creating an asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. The entrance hall leads to a Grand Room which highlights the geometric space.

Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior during day - 5 - (c) Frank Marburger

The Villa’s exterior is enveloped by a standing-seam zinc façade, which enables the use of 21st Century technologies such as a solar thermal system and a rain water harvesting system.

The zinc cladding is available in two hues that resemble naturally aged zinc: pre-weathered blue-gray and graphite-gray, both made by leading German zinc manufacturer Rheinzink.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows create displays of sunlight and transparency inside the house. The aluminum façade, adorned with slim mullions and concealed fittings, offers high thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance. Homeowners may choose from double or triple low-E glazing, as well as different surface colors and finishes.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior facade - (c) Klaus Helbig


Among the interior´s amenities is a kitchen ensemble, situated in the Grand Room, with a custom-made island designed by Daniel Libeskind – an attractive focal point for cooking, dining and entertaining.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - entry hall 1 - (c) Frank Marburger

Rising four meters above ground, a monolithic rain shower in the Master Suite Bathroom on the first floor provides a mix of water, mist, light and fragrance to soothe the senses and quiet the mind. Wellness is also at the heart of the lower level, where a fitness oasis features a sauna, among other state-of-the-art amenities.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - master suite - (c) Frank Marburger

The interior of the Villa comes in two styles composed by Daniel Libeskind: The warm, natural “Casual Style”, and the cool, sculptural “Libeskind Style”.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - room 1 - (c) Frank Marburger

Casual Style
Smoked parquet flooring, slim stainless steel staircases, and soft, bright manufactured stones in the bathrooms distinguish the Casual Style, which evokes a sense of warmth and comfort. Intimate lighting and warm colors, best suited to the Casual Style, create a striking contrast with the exterior architecture of the Villa.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - grand room 2 - (c) Frank Marburger

Libeskind Style
Marked by stark white, polished flooring, sculptural bath– room decor, and clear, sharp forms, the Libeskind Style brings the exterior look and feel of the Villa indoors, lending an airy, open feel to the sun-drenched living spaces.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - grand room 1 - (c) Frank Marburger


The Villa was conceived and designed to meet today´s tight sustainability standards and demonstrates that exceptional architecture can promote the efficient use of natural resources.

Design and Materials

Sustainable materials are at the heart of Libeskind’s design. While not apparent from the exterior, the Villa is largely constructed of wood, a renewable resource that is making a strong comeback as a key building material for the 21st Century due to its carbon-storing capabilities.

The wooden core offers high thermal insulation. With more than 360 mm of recyclable wooden fibers and a heat transition coefficient of 0.11 W/m²K, the insulation of the Villa’s exterior walls
matches that of passive houses.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - room 2 - (c) Frank Marburger

Onsite Renewables
The Villa employs onsite renewable energy sources for heating, electricity and water. Its standard configuration includes a solar thermal system which is invisibly integrated into the zinc façade, as well as a geothermal heat pump system.

In addition, electric power may be generated by photovoltaic modules, while rain water can be harvested from the rooftop for use in the garden’s irrigation system.

Energy Saving Standards
As a result of its high thermal insulation capabilities and renewable energy sources, the Villa is classified as a low-energy structure. It complies with some of the world’s toughest energysaving standards, such as Germany’s KfW40 code, which indicates a thermal energy consumption of less than 40 kWh/m²a.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - room 1 - (c) Klaus Helbig

Building Technologies

The Villa is meant to provide homeowners with comfort and a high living standard in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner.

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation

The Villa is equipped with a multifunctional heating, ventilation and cooling system. The underfloor heating provides gentle radiant heat across all floor levels, and can also transport refreshing cool water to living quarters on hot summer days.

The ventilation system provides fresh, pollen- and draught free air at adjustable temperatures, and recycles air to pre-heat the incoming air at a heat recovery rate of 90%. The system is exclusively powered by solar and geothermal energy.

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - gallery - (c) Klaus Helbig

Electrical and Security

All building technologies are monitored and controlled via an electrical home control system which allows homeowners to program custom lighting scenes, operate sun shades, regulate room temperatures, ventilation and household devices, and monitor the security system.

Various communication media can be accessed throughout the house, such as internet, telephone, radio and television. TV screens, for example, have been installed behind bathroom mirrors to connect busy homeowners with the world’s affairs with the touch of a button.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior at night - small - (c) Frank Marburger

Health and Wellness

All bathrooms are fitted with Dornbracht’s latest bathroom series, which mimics stylistic elements of the Villa’s architecture. Adjacent to the Master Suite, homeowners will find a large handcrafted Jacuzzi tub and a grand rain shower, which sits four meters above ground to provide a mix of water, mist, light and fragrance. On the lower level, a sauna is among the amenities of a wellness and fitness oasis.

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior at night 1 - (c) Frank Marburger

Features & details

Zinc façade
• Zinc cladding with standing seams
• Available in pre-weathered blue-gray or graphite-gray, resembles naturally aged zinc
• Invisibly integrated solar thermal system and rain water harvesting system

Exterior walls
• Wood frame construction with high thermal insulation and noise reduction
• More than 360mm (14“) of recyclable wooden fibers (heat transition coefficient 0.11 W/m²K)
• Fine mineral plaster in infill areas

Villa Libeskind prototype interior - entry hall 2 - (c) Frank Marburger

Window façade
• Large floor-to-ceiling windows with narrow twin aluminum mullions and concealed fittings
• Low-E triple glazing (heat transition coefficient 0.7 W/m²K) or double-glazing
• Available in different surface finishes

• Parquet flooring (Casual Style) or white epoxy flooring (Libeskind Style)
• Natural stones in bathrooms
• Stainless steel staircase to first floor; separated from foyer by glass wall
• Built-in push-to-open cabinets
• Sound-absorbing doors
• Door handles designed by Daniel Libeskind
• Built-in fireplace

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior - grand room - (c) Klaus Helbig

• Aluminum frame construction with zinc cladding
• Rising 10.5m (35’) above ground level
• Bankirai wood flooring

Heating, cooling & ventilation
• Multifunctional, integrated system for heating, cooling and ventilation
• Underfloor heating across all levels
• Underfloor heating controllable room by room, switchable to transport cool water
• Ventilation provides fresh, draught- and pollen-free air and recovers 90% of heat during air exchange
• Heating and cooling system powered by solar and geothermal energy

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior - grand room closeup - (c) Klaus Helbig

Health and Wellness
• Fixtures and accessories by Dornbracht (Supernova series)
• Large handcrafted Jacuzzi tub
• Rain shower installed 4m above ground
• Heated towel racks
• Sauna and wellness oasis, including cold water basin

Electrical and Security
• Home control system to program custom lighting scenes, operate sun shades, regulate room temperatures, ventilation and household devices
• Alarm and security system
• All media accessible throughout the house: internet, telephone, TV, radio
• TV screens installed behind bathroom mirrors (invisible when off)
• Light channels and spot lighting across the house Renewable energies
• Solar thermal system invisibly integrated into zinc façade, switchable to dissipate heat energy during night
• Geothermal heat pump with COP 3.2
• Rain water collection for supply of garden irrigation
• Optional photovoltaic system to provide electric power
• Low energy house, consuming less than 40kWh/m² p.a. (compliant with Germany´s KfW40 standard)

Villa Libeskind prototype exterior at night 2 - (c) Frank Marburger

Kitchen (optional )
• Kitchen ensemble designed by Daniel Libeskind
• Made of either stainless steel or manufactured stone

Around the house
• Terraces with Bankirai wood flooring
• Subterranean staircase leading from basement and sauna area to garden
• More features such as a pool or garages available upon request
• Support in landscaping and fitting the Villa onto the plot

Floor plans
• Two story structure with a full basement
• 515 sqm of total net floor space
• 200 sqm basement, featuring a sauna and wellness oasis, pantry, laundry, wine cellar and a flexible, multipurpose space
• 200 sqm ground floor, comprising a grand room with 95 sqm, a fireplace room, guest room, foyer and an office
• 115 sqm first floor, with three bedrooms, including the master suite bedroom situated behind the balcony


Concept sketch (c) SDL

Basement Plan (c) SDL

Ground Floor Plan (c) SDL

Second Floor Plan (c) SDL

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One Response to “Libeskind Villa by Studio Daniel Libeskind”

  1. zhila says:

    can i have 3d file for an analyzing..?

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