Studio Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind's 'Eagle' Aims to Lift Poland

14 Sep 2011

 CNN Transcript — A monument to communism, the Palace of Culture and Science dominates Warsaw's skyline.

But soon the city's most prominent piece of architecture, a "gift" from Josef Stalin in the 1950s, will be joined by a building that will reflect the spirit of 21st century Poland.

Designed by Daniel Libeskind, Zlota 44 is the star architect's first project in the country of his birth.

Currently under construction the 54-story luxury apartment building that is supposed to resemble an eagle, Poland's nation symbol, is situated opposite the Palace of Culture and Science and close to one of the city's few synagogues that survived the Second World War.

Many see it as a statement of the country's desire to continue its revival and redefine its identity.

"Now this world-recognized architect is coming back to Poland and building a symbolic structure in front of the Palace of Culture, a symbolic structure of communism," said Alicia Kosciesza of the Zlota 44 project.

Libeskind left Poland with his parents as an emigrant to the U.S. when he was 13, but he has seen his homeland transformed since his childhood.

I grew up under the gray skies of communism. Now it's a new country; people have light in their eyes, there's energy.
Daniel Libeskind, architect