A new landmark designed by a world-renowned architect is officially open for occupancy.The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge
, a 22-story condominium tower on the Covington riverfront designed by Daniel Libeskind, was dedicated in a ceremony last Wednesday.
Developed by the Corporex Companies
for $45 million, the building is Libeskind's first high-rise residential project in the United States.
In a video
appearing in the March 11 edition of Soapbox, Arne Emerson, principal for Studio Daniel Libeskind
, says that the Ascent is meant to complement - not to deny - its surroundings.
"What Daniel was trying to do was really create something new, something different - a new residential experience within Cincinnati that does respond to Roebling's bridge," he says. "It responds to the river, it responds to the views. It responds to Kentucky, to Cincinnati, and this entire urban complex. The way that the building responds to the city is very intuitive."
Designed with a sloping roof meant to mimic the curves of the cables on the Roebling Suspension Bridge and to gracefully link Covington's high rises with its residential areas, the building is likely to become a local landmark.
"Libeskind's very inconventional, innovative approach to architecture is inspired by the world around him," says Raphaela Platow, director and chief curator of the Contemporary Arts Center
While over 70 percent of the building's 70 units have been sold, a few remain available for between $820,000 and $5.5 million.
Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Photographs by Scott Beseler