A Visual analysis of Libeskinds architecture: description of selected built works

Dehghan, Yasamin
This thesis is a visual analysis of Libeskind’s works, addressing formal elements as well as historical context and interpretations of meaning. In a speech about his architecture, Libeskind claims that in his designs he is inspired from concepts whichhe calls “17 Words of Architectural Inspiration”. He also claims that he is inspired from the roots of the cultures and uses different forms to symbolize different concepts in his buildings. Yet, he has been criticized due to the formal clichés he uses in his architecture. The aim of this study is to comprehend how Libeskind uses forms and their compositions to convey a specific meaning or symbolize a specific concept. To reach this aim, thirteen selected buildings of Libeskind are first studied individually through their planimetric and volumetric compositions, openings, additive and subtractive volumes. The selected buildings are then categorized according to formal similarities in their formation process, openings, additions, subtractions and types of extensions. This categorization was done to understand if similar forms also have similar meanings and concepts or not. The study confirms that the seventeen words he mentioned are implied in his buildings. Regarding forms and the meanings they convey, although in some cases similar forms have similar meanings, there are also cases where this does not hold true.


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Citation Formats
Y. Dehghan, “A Visual analysis of Libeskinds architecture: description of selected built works,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2018.