18, planes, 36 points, and 54 lines—the perfect words to describe this exquisite home designed by Daniel Libeskind. This 18.36.54 house is located on an enormous 54-acre meadow surrounded by oak trees that are almost 250 years old. The house is a faceted structure that frames dynamic views and from unique angles. The client of this house wanted a grand but cozy space.
The 18.36.54 house is an unlikely piece of origami for its folded ribbon-like structure. This 2000 square feet chocolate-colored house challenges traditional and modern living. The architectural design incorporates itself in the natural surroundings, thereby also enhancing its beauty.
Despite the angular facades and sharp edges, the house withholds sculptural symbolism that was driven by the functionality of the living space. The interior spacing of this twisted house is spectacular. The various height differences which are also the only separators to the rooms and home without any doors truly add a character. Even then, the ceilings and angled walls ensure privacy and a sense of comfort.
Along with such a unique form on the exterior and interior, the furniture too was custom made. It added to the sophisticated touch and kept the origami in every aspect. The interior consisting of only wood creates a warm and fuzzy feeling it also sparks an interest between the people and nature. The natural light seamlessly flows through the house for its huge windows, and certain parts are highlighted at night to change the atmosphere.
The exterior comprises reflective copper panels, which mirror the surroundings adding to the natural material palette of the house. Even then, it stands out and still blends within its surroundings. The wrapping envelope creates a base for other components of the house that provide fragmented views and different entry points, which enhance indirect light. The cladding for facades accentuate lustre and enrich the light and views.
Interior finishes and subtle changes elevate other elements that create a distinction with the concrete floor. Circulation through the home is seamless regardless of the unusual floor heights and, from different angles, all features combine to devise a non-existent distinction between the inside and outside.
The interior living features geometric forms and shares public and private spaces. There is no distinction between the exterior and interior creating a flow in the spaces and diverted away from repetition. The ambitious form of the exterior and a very unusual interior make the house hard to forget.
The stainless-steel roof has been cladded with dark oak that creates warmth and comfort. The tone and hues change from dark brown to oak brown to sometimes even purple depending on the time and angle. A ramp takes you to the living area and a fireplace with built-in furniture. All the interior furniture is designed by Libeskind; it includes a dining table, banquettes, and various other fittings. Although everything was cohesive with the rest of the house, the clients tried to switch the furniture up for some contrast.
Daniel Libeskind’s creativity in the plans and sections enhance open spaces and private corners, providing for structured views of the landscape. The expansive windows bring in all light and don’t block the vision.
This ‘interstitial glass,’ in Libeskind’s words, was inserted between the folds of the roof. And in the entire house, only one perpendicular wall exists, behind the kitchen area. Extreme interest is brought about the fireplace, which was too tucked behind a slanted wall, which is remarkable considering the fact that it was not even mentioned by the client to the last moment. Every room in the household is simply plain and to the point, doesn’t bring upon itself any further attraction other than the actual sculptural piece that is the house itself.
The construction details include the stainless-steel elements being positioned on plywood insulated panels with the entire support provided by angular arches. And on the inside, the oak panels are attached to metal studs that are mounted to a steel frame.
Where the house has been situated there could be a deal of rain so to keep the rainwater from discoloring the exterior steel panels, gutters have been precisely placed along the edges, and downspouts are embedded within the walls. A radiant heating system has been installed for the concrete flooring.
Today, where architecture is constantly changing it, is rather difficult, to create something that could even last a few years, but this beautifully designed 18.36.54 house built in 2010 still steals the hearts of many. Its bold characteristic and extravagant features surely, draw attention to itself.
It is never easy to come up with such an exclusive design perhaps sometimes because of the client and sometimes the society. But here both were broken and this astonishing design still stands to be one of a kind. It makes you wonder what more is to come from architecture!