Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University

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Daniel Libeskind has been selected to design a new “landmark” building for Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics in . The state-of-the-art facility, which will house the industry-leading Institute for Computational Cosmology and Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology, is expected to “complement” the traditional buildings that surround it while serving as an exemplar for sustainable design. Completion is planned for December 2015, depending on planning permission.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Daniel Libeskind to Design Physics Building at Durham University" 16 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=403016>

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    Daniel’s son, Noam Libeskind, was involved with the Physics Department at Durham University and worked closely with the academic charged with selecting an architect to work on this historically sensitive campus. Given Libeskind’s appalling track record mutilating historic structures and his designs with high energy wastage, his appointment here seems highly suspect. I smell another Leuphana scandal coming on.

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    Diagonal windows anyone?

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    Although Durham University hasn’t finalized the brief or exact site yet, Libeskind has already completed his concept design, a formulaic assembly of wedges and crystals. It will be the University’s problem to figure out how they will squeeze into the awkward and impractical spaces.

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    I’m saddened to see a jerk like Daniel Libeskind, a man with no appreciation or understanding of history or architecture, allowed near Durham University. There’s no place for Libeskind or his infantile and impractical designs on this campus.

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    Daniel Libeskind is the most ignorant, least sensitive architect working today. His buildings, motivated solely by ego and a deliberate attempt to disfigure and spoil harmonious architectural settings offer nothing to their contexts. It makes no sense that Durham University, apparently seeking to “complement the traditional buildings” on it’s campus would hire such a moronic architect.

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