Location: Princeton, NJ USA
Client: Lucio Santos
This was a complete gut renovation of a 1950s single family ranch-style home. The old centrally located brick chimney and interior walls separating the living, dining & kitchen areas were demolished to create a large family space centered around an open kitchen. This three-bedroom home had only one bathroom which was converted to an ensuite for the master bedroom, and a second bathroom was added to serve the rest of the house.
The exterior existing shake siding was replaced with a vertical cedar board rainscreen siding. The existing windows were all replaced with black aluminum windows.
Location: Miami, FL USA
Client: artMRKT Productions
The pavilion was designed as a play between advanced computational design techniques and low-tech fabrication methods of assembly. The pavilion was generated using rhino scripting as an assembly of similar but non-repetitive unique folded components, laser-cut entirely out of 2-ply museum board and assembled using elmer's glue, double-sided tape, and zip-ties.
Location: Miami, FL USA
Client: artMRKT Productions
The art bar is designed as an amorphous curvelinear piece and is fabricated out of fiber-glass and recycled carbon fiber composites, and functions as a serving station for private functions and daily lounge operations. It was considered by Interior Design Magazine as one of the top 100 Big Ideas.
Location: New York City, NY USA
Client: Animal's Alliance NYC
The cat shelter serves as a kitty ‘pod hotel’ containing 3 fully insulated pods varying in length to be used primarily in the colder winter months and 2 non insulated pods for the summer with the interstitial space and plywood frame serving as a kitty jungle gym. Each pod contains a pair of hinged doors to allow entry from either end, as well as to provide two means of egress in case of a threat. The pods are easily removable from the plywood frame for maintenance and repair, and can be retrofitted or swapped out to accommodate growing colonies or different seasons.
Using the concept of a vacuum flask (thermos), each insulated pod was fabricated by placing a tube within a larger tube and filling the void between the two with insulation. A 10” PVC tube wrapped with recycled plastic insulation was placed into a 12” PVC tube and the two ends were filled with expanding foam insulation and capped with a laser cut white acrylic ring onto which the cat doors were fixed. All joints and seams were filled with silicone sealant to make the pods water resistant. Each non insulated pod was produced using a 10” PVC tube wrapped in ½” sisal rope and capped at each end with cat doors. The sisal rope provides a scratch surface for sharpening claws and a textured surface for cats to climb and lounge on.
The frame was painted using a polyurethane based wood stain to seal the plywood and give it rich walnut color. Each of the vertical ribs and horizontal struts were fastened together using brad nails and flat-head screws.
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Client: Al Ra'idah Investment Company
Designed with FXFOWLE Architects, The Museum of the Built Environment is located within the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a new mixed-use sustainable urban community near the center of the city of Riyadh. The museum will be home to permanent and temporary exhibitions showcasing the development of art and architecture within the Arabian Peninsula.
The building form references the natural landscapes, land formations, and early architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Madain Saleh and At-Turaif. The formal expression of a raised solid crystalline form, opaque housing the galleries, with a chiseled transparent base highlighting the public areas.
The building also houses a monorail station which serves as a public transport hub for the immediate neighborhood. MoBE is connected to adjoining parcels through a network of skybridges.
Design studies for a restaurant using pixelated screens to define individual dining zones while functioning as long communal tables. The concept was to break the monotony of a flat surface by pixelizing the wall into modular boxes along an undulating surface, bringing an abstracted representation of the garden inside.
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Client: Czech Republic
A competition to redesign the Czech Embassy on it’s existing location in Washington D.C.. The site was designed referencing the organic midieval city plan of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. This cellular arrangement of spaces was used to define three zones: the public street front, the embassy proper, and the private garden used by embassy employees for events. The embassy building swoops around a drop-off and rises towards the street front creating a visual marker as you approach the site from the road.
Location: Maryland, USA
Proposal for a ten story residential building with retail space on the ground level and four levels of parking below grade.
In order to maximize the allowable buildable gross area while achieving the maximum building height, the building was pushed outward to the setback lines while balconies and outdoor spaces where carved out creating a faceted exterior massing.
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Concept design for a mixed-use project located on two separate city blocks housing a two-story retail base, an office podium and tower, and a residential tower above. The planning developed from a courtyard massing strategy, pushing program to the perimeter to allow for an open central courtyard. The office components are expressed by defining towers on the primary outer corners and placing the residential towers towards the middle of the site, away from the busy street while optimizing views.
Fracturing the perimeter allowed pedestrian access to the courtyard from the street. The angular geometry was a direct response to zoning regulations and setback requirements. Dealing with the duality of public vs private, street-front vs courtyard, the outer perimeter was treated with a more solid materiality while the inner courtyard facing facades where transparent.
Location: Dubai, UAE
The 80m long bridge functioned as a direct pedestrian crossing between a hotel and a financial center over a busy roadway.
The bridge needed to be wide enough for a golf cart and two people on either side of the cart, a maximum of 4.5m clear inside between railings. The formal solution of the design provided solar shading and wind mitigation. The bridge required lighting and signage, having direct access form the public way to both sides of the road via an elevator and stair. Its curvalinear plan was developed responding to the orientation and location of the contact points with the connecting buildings.
Location: London, UK
Client: Architectural Association
A competition for a pavilion to be built in front of the AA School of Architecture, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Design Research Lab post-graduate program.
The proposal was a bio-morphic formal expression of the DRL’s growth, reflecting the foundation of the graduate programme to its current world-wide recognition and prestige. The aim of this proposal is to test the structural capabilities of fibre-c as a suitable material for non-standard forms.
The panels have been designed based on the structural principle of corrugation, folding a flat sheet of material to increase its structural properties. The edges of the panels are folded to create rigid modules. The modules are stacked and bolted together with steel plate connections to form ribs, and each rib is fastened together to create an overall rigid tubular system. The folded edges of the modules transfer vertical forces to the laminated timber support structure. The infill surface of the module serves for lateral bracing and can be milled with a pattern to reduce material weight in areas of larger spans, creating a play between solid and transparency.
The challenge was to create repetition in the modules while trying to follow the complex curvature of the pavilion’s form. By breaking apart the overall form into typical zones, five moulds can be used to fold the wet fibre-c sheets. Each mould can create between four and six variations resulting in a total of 22 unique panel types.
Using variation in flat panel sizes and applying apertures in specific locations created a pixelization of the pavilion’s surface and was enhanced by using five shades of grey standard to the fibre-c collection.
The cellular house was a study in creating a modular residential unit, based on a cellular planar composition defining individual living spaces, that could be aggregated in numerous ways to create different residential typologies: single family detached homes, horizontal blocks of row/town houses, or stacked vertically to create a high-rise residential tower.
The individual living cells are expressed on the exterior, some pulling inward and others pushing outwards to create terraces while providing self-shading to reduce solar heat gain. The modular homes can be interchanged and alternated to create rhythmic formal patterns.
Location: Manama, Bahrain
Client: Four Seasons Hotel
Designed with SOM, a 5-star hotel resort & spa, with private residences on a purpose-built private island, the center of the new masterplan of Bahrain Bay. The hotel contains a number of destination restaurants and amenity spaces. The guest rooms range from standard king rooms to luxurious royal suites, with private residences above the hotel and serviced by Four Seasons, taking advantage of unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf.
The main entry lobby is defined by a golden prismatic undulating ceiling, created from lacquer painted stainless steel panels that are CNC cut, folded, and welded together. The ceiling mimics the central staircase below which connects guests between the main lobby and the lower lobby which provides access to the resort.
A concept for a stool inspired by a flower’s petals that become both the structural and the seating elements. All the petals of a flower are called a corolla, a perianth is when the petals vary in size and/or color. The perianth stool is composed of two unique elements that are then mirrored along the longitudinal axis making the corolla bilaterally symmetrical. The perianth can be adjusted to provide a large surface to accomodate 2-4 people and can alternatively serve as a table.
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Client: Zaragoza Expo 2008
Designed with Zaha Hadid Architects, the Zaragoza Bridge Pavilion is composed of four pods that perform both as structural elements and as spatial enclosures. The bridge design stems from the detailed examination and research into the potential of a diamond shaped section, which offers both structural and programming properties. As in the case of space-frame structures, a diamond section represents a rational way of distributing forces along a surface.
The bridge has two levels, the lower level provides pdestrian access across the bridge with entrances to the adjoining pods while the upper level serves as a belvedere, accessible from both ends.
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Client: Al Ri'yadah Investment Company
Designed with FXFOWLE Architects, Parcel 5.05 is a mixed-use development containing an office tower, residential tower, a retail podium and below-grade parking. Located near the center of the King Abdullah Financial District development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The building’s design responds to the shape of the site, outdoor terraces incorporate landscaping throughout.
The office building is clad on the south elevation with a saw-tooth facade composed of glass laminated marble slabs which block views towards the residential units and reduce heat gain into the office floors.