18.36.54 House with a Bronzed Metallic Exterior by Daniel Libeskind

Angular Form of 18.36.54 House by Daniel Libeskind

Set within the arcadian pastures of western Connecticut, 18.36.54 House with its distinctly angular composition doesn’t exactly make much of an effort to blend in with its surroundings. Indeed, architect Daniel Libeskind has pointed out himself that ‘this bold design does not sacrifice itself to its natural setting’, and that it instead ‘selectively incorporates the elements therein for the enhancement of both house and landscape.’

18.36.54 House Geometric Oak Kitchen - Photo by Nikolas Koenig

Whether by coincidence or careful planning, there are mathematical patterns embedded throughout the design of this house. The name 18.36.54 derives from the fact that the house’s unique geometric form is made up of 18 planes, 36 points and 54 lines. Perhaps this underling sequential pattern is what ultimately lead to the architecture being so aesthetically pleasing.

Bespoke Built-in Oak Furnishings of 18.36.54 House

Allegedly, the clients, a ‘very rich art world couple’ said to Daniel Libeskind that ‘Whatever you design, we’ll ask you to make it more extreme.’ — and I’m guessing they got what they asked for.

18.36.54 House in a Connecticut Field by Daniel Libeskind

The exterior is clad in bronzed stainless steel with a mirrored finish while a more organic dark stained oak was used throughout the interior spaces. Despite the base colours of these two cladding mediums being somewhat similar, the materials ultimately couldn’t be more different and bear entirely contrasting properties.

Entrance of 18.36.54 House with Bronzed Stainless Steel and Dark Stained Oak

“[18.36.54 House] is never experienced the same way twice.  Its reflective luster accentuates and exaggerates environmental changes as weather, time-of-day, and seasons turn around it.”

– Daniel Libeskind

Porch of 18.36.54 House with Bronzed Stainless Steel Cladding

View Through 18.36.54 House to Bedroom past open bath

The interior of 18.36.54 House brings open plan to the next level and the entire floor plan is one continuously flowing space. Even the shower and bath are to be found nestled within a mere alcove formed by the folding of walls, and this unique layout did call for some creative measures to make work.

Wet Room of 18.36.54 House by Daniel Libeskind

Geometric Bath at night

Libeskind made use of slight height variations in the concrete floor to create distinguishable spaces without having to resort to physically dividing them. This technique was also made use of by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Atrium House, and goes a long way in lessening the potential for homogeneity that can creep in with minimalist design.

View over Living Area and Angular Bookshelf of 18.36.54 House

Architect: Daniel Libeskind
Photography: Nikolas Koenig and Marc Lins Photography

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