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The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge in Covington, Kentucky by Studio Daniel Libeskind

March 16th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

The Ascent is a gateway to Roebling’s Bridge

The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge in Covington, Kentucky, is a 20-story residential tower that was completed in 2008. Reaching 300 feet at its pinnacle, the 300,000-square-foot building includes 70 residential units, a swimming pool, garden facilities, large public event space, and a restaurant on the plaza level. The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge was awarded a CNBC Americas Property Award for Best High-Rise Development in 2008.

The Ascent is a gateway to the Roebling Bridge (c) BitterBredt

  • Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Building Area: 310,000 sq. ft.
  • Construction Cost: $40 million
  • Completed: 2008
  • Architect of Record: GBBN Architects
  • Client: Corporex
  • Structural Engineer: THP Limited
  • Mechanical/Electrical/ KLH Engineering: Plumbing Engineer
  • Contractor: Dugan & Meyers Construction
  • Awards: CNBC Americas Property Awards
  • Best High-Rise Development 2008

Aerial View (c) Corporex

Its curving crescent form and sloping roof line are designed to maximize views, resulting in unobstructed visibility of the Cincinnati skyline from every unit. The ascending height of the building mimics the suspension cables of the nearby Roebling’s Bridge, a central feature of Covington’s waterfront. It also links the low horizon of residential structures to the east with the more modern commercial buildings to the west.

Aerial view toward Cincinnati (c) Corporex

Through the vertical, non-repeating articulation of the facade, the building breaks from the conventional, horizontalorientation of typical high-rise buildings. Its multiple layers blur the distinction between interior and exterior, both visually and experientially. The resulting texture also provides shade to all units from the eastern sun.

Ariel (c) corporex

Ariel of Baldwin 115 (c) corporex

Ascent makes links to low residential structures (c) BitterBredt

Facade Detail (c) BitterBredt

Facade Detail (c) SDL

Full exterior view (c) BitterBredt

The Ascent's symbolic upward sweep (c) Michele Nastasi

The Pinnacle (c) BitterBredt

The Pinnacle(c) BitterBredt

The prow is formed by a 22-story leaning wall (c) BitterBredt

View from Cincinnati (c) Michele Nastasi

View from Roebling bridge (c) BitterBredt

Interior - (c) BitterBredt

Interior (c) BitterBredt

Interior (c) BitterBredt

Doorway (c) BitterBredt


Typical Floor Plan (c) SDL


SECTION-curved Model (c) Studio Daniel Libeskind


Ist Floor Layout - (c) SDL


Covington sketch (c) Studio Daniel Libeskind

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One Response to “The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge in Covington, Kentucky by Studio Daniel Libeskind”

  1. AIAStudent says:

    The elements of the fractured facade seem to be mimicking his earlier work with the Jewish Museum, yet there is no connectivity. The museum works from many different views because it is about the building as a whole with the site.

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