Posts tagged "Selected Works"

City of the Books and the Images    Mexico City, Mexico    (2012)

Taller 6A

How can the shaping of space incorporate utility in the face of an increasingly paperless culture? Design can generate a piece super-furniture (a), develop texture that enables social interaction (b) or utilize depth to carve out private space (c). In this project, the shelf becomes an envelope that allows the needs of each surface sync beautifully with the design concept to create a unique spatial experience.       

(a) HUB    Seoul, South Korea    (2013)

Hyunjoon Yoo Architects

(b) Alexis Bookshop and Coffee Bar    Bratislava, Slovakia    (2010)

Plural + Totalstudio

(c) Raheen Library at Australian Catholic University    Fitzroy, Australia   (2013)

Woods Bagot

The small town of Brocton would be merely a stoplight on Route 20 in Southwestern New York if it weren’t for the electrified arches giving the central intersection significance (a). Without some utility, mere spectacle in conflict with infrastructure devalues urban space for fleeting headlines (b). The arch makes Brocton worth remembering on your journey through Chatauqua’s wine country, while Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland does not need a spectacle to make an already successful public space valid.

(a) Brocton Arch    Brocton, New York    (1913)

Phoenix Bridge Co.

(b) Playhouse Square Chandelier    Cleveland, Ohio    (2014)

Danny Barnycz

Kalorias Children’s Space    Linda-a-Velha, Portugal    (2013)

estudio AMATAM

Materiality, color (a) and furinture (b) play a monumental in shaping a positive environment for children that supports activation and play (c). In this project, estudio AMATAM succeeds beautifully in merging utility with attitude. 

(a) New Building for Nursery and Kindergarden    Biscay, Spain   (2013)


(b) Kulturhus Trommen    Akureyri, Iceland    (2013)

Arkitema Architects

(c) Kfar Shemaryahu Kindergarden    Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel    (2013)

Shoshany Architects / Sarit Shani Hay

Majas House    Poland    (2008)

Ultra Architects

This child-size replica (a) is a fun architectural exploration (b) into simple construction and design.

(a) Rudin House    Leymen, France    (1997)

Herzog & de Meuron

(b) Playhouse    Spain    (2011)

 bach arquitectes

Sleepbox    Various Sites    (2011)

Arch Group

The sleepbox combines  mobility (a) with contained living (b) to create metered private space in public context.

(a) Studio 320    Enumclaw, Washington    (2004)

HyBrid arch

(b) Nakagin Capsule Tower    Tokyo, Japan    (1972)

Kisho Kurokawa


Public Toilets in the Tete d’Or Park    Lyon, France    (2012)

Jacky Suchail Architects

Small projects are often the breeding ground for design innovation, and in these public toilets the material palette (a) and screening (b) create a raw harmony with context.

(a) Tverrfjellhytta    Hjerkinn, Dovre Municipality, Norway    (2011)

Snohetta Oslo AS

(b) Three Student Projects from Tulane City Center    (2009) 

Tulane University School of Architecture

Playmaker Showroom    Rome, Italy    (2012)


With the simplicity of Mies (a) and the attitude of Fuksas (b), this unique office / showroom captures the imagination with minimal intervention.

(a) New National Gallery    Berlin, Germany    (1968)

Mies van der Rohe

(b) New Milan Trade Fair    Milan, Italy    (2012)

Studio Fuksas

Milstein Hall    Ithaca, New York    (2011)


The cantilever in architecture has long been a device used to offset and create drama, often through the use of contrasting material (a) and minimal support (b). Here, the cantilever projects to create useful coverage while announcing presence to the passer by.

(a) House 0405    Nicosia, Cyprus    (2010)

Simpraxis Architects

(b) Utriai Residence    Klaipėda, Lithuania    (2006)

Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Partners

Ecologic Pavilion    Alsace, France    (2012)

Studio 1984

The pavilion stands as a testament to expirimentation and exploration in architecture (a). Here, vernacular typology is utilized to create a modern design statement (b) with a temporal quality (c) that exemplifies sustainability.

 (a) Barcelona Pavilion     Barcelona, Spain    (1929)

Mies van der Rohe

(b) Future Shack    Australia    (2001)

Sean Godsell

(c) Phone Book Shed    Nova Scotia    (2010)

Richard Kroeker Design & Dalhousie University Department of Architecture

Cultural Center    Nevers, France    (2012)

Ateliers O-S architectes

This cultural center is another fine example of architecture as urban asset (a), with sculpted mass (b) making the most of available space. 

(a) TKTS Booth    New York City, New York    (2008)

Perkins Eastman

(b) La Cite Des Affaires    Saint-Etienne, France    (2010)

Manuelle Gautrand Architects

Fast Track    Nikola-Lenivets, Russia    (2012)

Salto AB

Installed over a distruptive railroad, this infrastructural experiment is spectacle and playground (b). While a 51 meter pedestrian trampoline lacks practicality, the project highlights the ability of design to capture the imagination in a playful and interactive manner.

(a) Tiger & Turtle: Magic Mountain     Duisburg, Germany     (2011)

Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth

(b) Woods of Net Pavilion   Kanagawa, Japan    (2012) 

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin    Berlin, Germany     (2012)

Platoon Cultural Development

The architectual project of repurposing shipping containers finds sophistication in the Kunsthalle, allowing materiality to create intrigue (a) while supporting a raw, dynamic space where users are activators (b).

(a) PUMA CityAlicante, Boston, Stockholm     (2008)


(b) Kulturfabrik Kofmehl    Solothurn, Switzerland    (2005)

ssm Architekten ag 

Postcard House      Kimberling City, MO     (2011)

Hufft Projects

Here, the integration of design with systems and attention to detail creates a moment of pause that beautifully captures the imagination.

Google Campus     London, England     (2011)

Jump Studios

This renovation project (a) does a lot with little work using a recycled shipping container (b), raw materials and color to create an inspiring office space.

(a) Renovation of an old barn     Charoux, France     (2012)


(b) PUMA City, Shipping Container StoreAlicante, Boston, Stockholm     (2008)


NMIT Arts & Media     Nelson, New Zealand     (2010)

Irving Jack Smith Architects

The design of this arts incubator beautifully highlights structure (a) to create raw, sophisticated space (b) that encourages activation.

(a) Zumbini     Milan, Italy     (2011)


(b) Chatelard      Ferney-Voltaire, France
Clermont Architectes