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The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge / Daniel Libeskind

  • 01:00 - 15 March, 2011
The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge / Daniel Libeskind
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  • Location

    John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States
  • Architect

    Daniel Libeskind
  • Architect Of Record

    GBBN Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    THP Limited
  • Mechanical/Electrical/ Plumbing Engineer

    KLH Engineering
  • Contractor

    Dugan & Meyers Construction
  • Client

  • Area

    310000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. 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 310,000 sqf 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.

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Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

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Its curving crescent form and sloping roofline are designed to maximize views, resulting in unobstructed visibility of the Cincinnati skyline from every unit. Sizes of the units range between 950 and 7,000 sqf, with most being around 2,000 sqf.

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The tower, located at 1 Roebling Way - a street renamed by city officials to better fit the building - echoes the colors of the Suspension Bridge. Built in earth tones, its windows reflect the sky and river images.

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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.

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Through the vertical, non-repeating articulation of the facade, the building breaks from the conventional, horizontal orientation 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.

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In the words of Daniel Libeskind, "History is not over. This building, while modern in design, is based on shapes that reflect the history, traditions and landscape of Greater Cincinnati, yet calls to mind the possibilities that lay ahead. The Ascent is less a structure than a living, breathing piece of art that stirs the soul and lifts the spirit. The Ascent will provide a lifestyle unlike any other in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana. It is a building that will inspire a region. It is a call to greatness."

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Tim Walsh · December 13, 2013

You all can stop hating and step your game up. Instead of putting great work down, work together to take something great to a masterpiece despite individual ego

Dara P · October 13, 2013

Shockingly bad! Even by Daniel Libeskind's low standards, this is just awful. He managed to make a mediocre skyline measurably worse.

Hojie · July 12, 2012

It's worse than bad. It's disgusting!

HJL · March 31, 2012

Puke. It's a piece of architectural puke.

Temitomi · July 12, 2011

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Steven T · April 14, 2011

@helenfcrawford @jronc That&#39s actually cool compared to what was done back home

gab xiao · March 29, 2011

'jizzed up' - I love it! that's what Mr Libeskind is best at in our profession: give some good head... (excuse my French!)

Robert Westin · March 21, 2011

It's the worst type of developer schlock, oddly made much, much worse by being "jizzed up" (convenventional architectural vocabulary can't really be applied here), with some meaningless graphic skin tacked on by last year's flavor-of-the-month celebrity architect. It adds nothing to architectural discourse beyond underlining how far some people will stoop to get the media attention they crave. - "Mr. Libeskind, are you listening?

Adjidi · March 20, 2011

How can one man be responsible for so many appallingly crude designs? Does he hire the worst graduates, or merely the most pretentious?

M · March 18, 2011


Jakob · March 17, 2011

Taking ugliness to new levels ...

Jakob · March 17, 2011

Taking ugkiness to new levels ...

up_today_arch · March 16, 2011

regular Libeskind indeed....

enk · March 16, 2011

this is terrible! just one more cheap speculation over his own name.

Nicholas Patten · March 16, 2011

The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge.

Glen Read · March 16, 2011

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Drejer · March 16, 2011

... just because there are other starchitect buildings in town doesn't mean this fits the context. It has nothing to do with suspension bridges either. Tired zigzaging of a cocky architect who thinks his graphic design is 'It is a call to greatness.'

Ad nauseum...

Erica Riva · March 16, 2011

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Raquel Palhares · March 16, 2011

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dsa · March 16, 2011

the balconies look wired

Camilo Castro · March 16, 2011 04:21 PM

Wired or weird?

Gerardo Martinez · March 15, 2011

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Paul · March 15, 2011

It stands out primarily by being deliberately and pointlessly NOISY.

Barry Maguire · March 15, 2011

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ARGOS · March 15, 2011

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SPACECUTTER · March 15, 2011

I've seen this in person.

PROS: Not bad for developer work.
CONS: Libeskind can do better. A surface pattern like this is rarely satisfying.

Josh Mings · March 15, 2011

Its actually not that out of place. There are tons of examples of contemporary architecture in Cincinnati, such as Hadid's CAC and Eisenman's DAAP building.

My issue with Libeskind's building is that it is clearly meant to stand out, however due to its height and the way it ascends away from the Ohio River, it creates the opposite affect of blending in (which creates a paradox due to its very unorthodox fenestration).

Daily Architecture&gt;&gt; · March 15, 2011

This looks so out of place in a city like this, am I off base?

goodwin cheng · March 15, 2011

wow, who can tell more about this design firm or architect/designer?


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