Thursday, September 8, 2011

Daniel Libeskind's Designs: A Local Connection

Daniel Libeskind is a world famous architect, known for his unconventional, modern designs. He has designed buildings that can be found in many cities around the world.

This is his design for the World Trade Center site in New York City:

His design was used for the Denver Art Museum...

...and for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany:

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto:

Would you be surprised to find a building designed by Daniel Libeskind in a small town in Kentucky? It's true. The Ascent at Roebling was completed in Covington, Kentucky in 2008.

The Roebling Bridge is in the foreground of the photo. It was designed by John A. Roebling, who also designed the Brooklyn Bridge some twenty years later. The bridge crosses the Ohio River, connecting Covington Kentucky to Cincinnati Ohio. Daniel Libeskind taught at the University of Kentucky in the 1970s, and says the Ohio River and the Roebling Bridge influenced his design.

Some people in this rather conservative town shake their heads and remark how "odd" it is. I think it's pretty cool and "shakes up" the staid old community.

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