New York, US
A 50,000-square-foot residential housing development in the Chelsea District of Manhattan, New York. Mid- Chelsea sits between the highline and flat iron district and this building is to contribute to the new construction product in this area of New York City.
The design of this project occurs in depth of the façade which incorporates all the services required in high end construction freeing up the rest of the floor area to maximize livable and leasable space. The façade incorporates shading, cooling as well as all the regulations required in such construction. The goal was to create a unique experience through views and light quality for each condominium unit.
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Samsung Raemian Housing Masterplan
2011 - present
Han River, Seoul, South Korea
An 18 high-rise building x hectare masterplan and Building design for Samsung in Seoul, South Korea located on the Han River. The masterplan incorporates all the programmatic and zoning codes required to maximize views and quality of light incorporating the mid-high rise development. The proposal re-assesses the value of a central recreation area for the entire community and develops several micro-communities around smaller zones for recreation. Benefits are gained including the ability to provide variation within a micro community through different qualities of buildings and landscapes as well as the overall masterplan. The buildings adhere to strict building regulations while maximizing the amount of variation of views and interior space within the plan configurations as possible. The building panels and glass is flat yet it articulates movement across the façade enriching the project form.
A 6,000 square-foot VIP Orthodontic clinic in Tokyo, Japan located in Omotesando, a vibrant and sophisticated area, visited by both locals and tourists. IWI uses a new invention to straighten teeth invisibly within 14 months with one palette incision. The clinic is structured using steel and panelized with calcium silicate panels, free to move in the vertical dimension in case of earthquakes, they simultaneously operate as cavities for LED lights.
Space is very limited in Tokyo, so we used a strategy to increase the clinics scale by incorporating the exterior balcony space such that it participates in the interior experience. We developed smooth and gradual transitions between materials--soft to hard including paving, grass, soft paneling to fabrics, opaque to clear glass, controlled led/halogen to natural light while fulfilling the experiential goals of the project- at first startling and then providing a more intimate personalized experience of the space.
Tokyo Television Architectural Record 2010 Dental Clinic Design
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
A 40,866-square-meter development structured with reinforced concrete contains a 6 story 221 Room Hotel with 49 semi-detached and detached villas located on the beach front of Saadiyat Island, a new man made island 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island is a multi-faceted development offering a business hub for international commerce, a cultural center, beachfront tourism and waterfront homes.
Atmospheres in the hotel, villas and entertaining areas are to be different, yet linked by a continuous sense of serenity. The scale of communal space changes these atmospheres. The villas sit on peaceful courtyards around pools of water. As the communal spaces become smaller the pools become bigger replacing the communal space. The façade has a cavity containing a reflecting pool to cool the interior as well as enhance the atmosphere with reflections off the water.
New York, USA
An installation commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art [MoMA], New York for their exhibition titled "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling". The project was to design a 'wall of the future'. The dimensions of the project given to us by the curators are 9'-6" x 7'-6" x 8 inches. The wall was constructed by robots using epoxy polymer materials that could self-structure themselves with all the systems integrated into the form. We think this is the future of residential construction.
Migrating Formations was constructed in two days without any formwork, molds or fasteners and installed in an hour. Space, structure and skin are incorporated in a single form. Each side of the wall produces different formal qualities-from bulbous to angular features. The integration of these qualitative differences is controlled by the desire to develop the greatest sensorial affect while yielding an elegant aesthetic.
Pulsation in ArchitectureA+U Magazine
Light Fixture Series
Ivalo Lighting, a subsidiary of Lutron Electronics, commissioned the design of a series of light fixtures that provided a cutting edge aesthetic with the functionality of a wall sconce for interior and exterior use. The dimensions of the fixtures range from 18" to 48" in height and 6" to 9" in width with a changing dimension in depth. The family of fixtures is constructed by molding two pieces of aerated Corian and adhering them together to make one seamless form. The aeration is controlled to provide a specific luminosity for each fixture type and size depending on its specific use requirements.
The design evenly illuminates a complex form which varies from each viewing angle, allowing for the shadows and surface to change giving it a dynamic appearance. The series is designed using the same system that yields different formal attributes from bulbous to sharp features on the form, once again highlighting the differences of the emanating light.
Architectural Record 2007
Lutron Electronics Exhibition Booth
A 2,500 square-foot travel booth for Lutron Electronics that is used to showcase the best products in domestic and international trade shows. Lutron was founded in 1961 and is the innovator in lighting controls, producing over 10,000 lighting controls and associated products. The booth is structured using lightweight composite steel with fiberglass panels allowing easy assembly and disassembly on location.
The new trade booth design developed a program that includes a gallery, lighting control display area, information and registration booth, scenario space for deal making, space for viewing a historic timeline and storage. The intention was to provide a common platform across each of Lutron's business divisions in Shades, Wallboxes, Residential Systems and Commercial Systems. The design's precision enhances the awareness that Lutron is the leader of lighting control, and also attracts new users and customers to Lutron.
New York, USA
A 14,000-squre-foot, cultural project located in a vital cultural resource for New York City, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, on Jackson Avenue at the intersection of 46th Ave in Long Island City. The temporary structure is designed to foster relations through 'Warm Up', a very popular music series held annually. The building was constructed from a wood space frame truss and canopy with an oil based enamel finish, wood deck with rolled, skid and waterproof paint, and Technogel seating. The project is built in 19 structural modules fabricated and finished off-site. Each module was designed for ease of transport through the existing P.S.1 loading dock to the exterior gallery.
The fantastical canopy catalyzes qualities of light, mood and interaction on the seductive material interplay of soft jelly marine tinted cushions and hard, wet surfaces on the landscape below. The expressive indeterminacy of the form instigates the interactions of bodies in space activated by seductive surfaces.
Residence for a Fashion Designer
A 7,500-square-foot two and a half story home for a fashion designer in the suburbs of London, UK sits on a spectacular site. The residence is designed to permit the fashion designer the flexibility of both entertaining and hosting private fashion shows for her best clients, as well as using the home as a weekend oasis for her family. The residence is constructed using two structural systems- a concrete structure for the base and an aluminum semi-monocoque shell for the roof.
There are different routes through the residence, direct and quick, meandering and slow. An example of the quick circulation connects the sleeping level directly to the exterior. The landscape further supports the overflow of the interior of the project by also meeting the elevation of the living space forming a terrace. The irrigation system becomes a featured series of cat walks during the summer months.
Perspective MagazineDigital Architecture Now
Residential Housing Tower
A 510,000-square-foot, 45-story, 180-meter-tall residential high-rise in Dubai, U.A.E. Dubai located on Sheikh Zayed Road that connects Dubai and Abu Dhabi, securing migratory paths to and from major urban destinations in the region. The building is constructed to enhance the dynamism of the site. Structured in steel with a concrete composite façade system reinforced with steel fiber, the panels are made to enhance their own performance in tension and compression.
The envelope provides two contiguous buildings that transform and lose their individual identity, fusing into a hyphenated formation. This transformative envelope allows the project's internal spatial possibilities to twist in response to privacy issues, breaking down the typologically based norms that govern the repetitive production of condominiums. Parameters defining individual units include ceiling heights, room-sizes and circulation pathways, not just numbers of rooms. This invites new criteria for the sale of property – volume and not simply area.
Digital Architecture NowAbu Dhabi National Newspaper
Commercial High Rise
A 463,000-square-foot, 35-story, 150-meter commercial high-rise in Dubai, U.A.E, located in the marina district. The building section is designed to allows each office to share a conference room. The building is structured in steel with a concrete composite façade system with different amounts of opening creating varying amounts of light in the office space and conference rooms. The glass is primarily flat with one curve that articulates movement across the façade enriching the project form.
The conference rooms generate the relationships between floors and sit a half level above or below each office space. This sectional variation does not permit offices to run contiguously around the perimeter with support staff towards the center of each floor. The project escapes a singular, homogenous spatial hierarchy that distinguishes management from employees.
Monitor InterviewPulsation in Architecture
Reebok Flagship Store
A 10,000-square-foot, 3-story Flagship Store for Reebok in Shanghai, China located in the dynamic environment of Xintiandi. The project responds to the brand strategy launched by Reebok in late 2003: "Wear the Vector: Outperform." The building is constructed to enhance this brand and bring it to three-dimensional life. The concept store is structured using a Verendeel truss hanging from the existing structure and connects to the steel stair. The structure is clad using two materials, a composite concrete where it is traversed and hung fiberglass panels in all other places.
This store activates key surfaces that act as combined circulation, display areas, lighting and seating. The design responds to many of Reebok's seasonal and event driven needs: merchandise display areas also allow guests to sit and watch sporting events and other marketing and entertaining events. At other times they become areas for customers to try on new shoes or enjoy the destination space while shopping.
Monitor Magazine 2005Pulsation in Architecture
A 315,000-square-foot digital library in Karachi, Pakistan. Karachi is a very connected city with a major port linking it to the world. The digital library elevates the technological threshold for all civic buildings in the city. The building is constructed using a combination of poured and pre-fabricated panels assembled on site.
The harsh climate with high heat and monsoon rains inspired us to integrate the sun shading with the form. A water management system that affected the form of the landscape serves as a large retention pond with mechanisms to drain the water slowly back into the city drainage system. The stacks form the interior organization. They inflect the shape of the public spaces above and below them allowing the visitors to have a continuous experience through the building.
A 30,000-square-foot Leisure Center for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens located in the historic center of the city. The building is constructed with inflected surfaces, which open at different places for sun light and entrances. The form is structured with two systems, the ground level 'base' of poured concrete and a semi-monocoque shell, which rests on the concrete structure.
We maximized the number of possible activities to provide for transformative cultural, social, and political affects. There are no boundaries in figure or ground, building or landscape, inside or outside, public or private; rather there is a continuous gradient between extremes and a rich palette of possible interactions. An unfolding field of social discourses facilitated by geometric articulation. The configuration of the project was thus continuously negotiated and influenced by bodies, activities, routes, and climates.
Architectural Record Design VanguardArchitectural Record
New York, USA
Sublime American Design commissioned the design of a series of furnishings that provided a range of seating options for interior and exterior use. The dimensions of the furnishings dimensions are 8'-6" in length and 4' in width with a changing height. The family of furnishings is constructed using a flexible mold that eliminates the need to make individual molds for each piece. The furniture is structured using fiberglass monocoque shells and is available in a wide range of finishes. In one variation, the fiberglass thickens to allow for a gel insert, changing the quality of the surface.
We realized that if through cross-affiliation no single body position was integrated into the furniture, through the interaction of the surface and the body, the body would inflect in positions it was not accustomed to. Multiple users on the same surface produce interesting or even compromising interactions, and the furniture engenders different social arrangements depending on its location.