Beyond The Center Line Competition
Inspiration works in incredibly interesting ways especially when spontaneously felt through dialogue. World renowned architect and writer, Bernard Tschumi had once observed that “movement is an unbelievably powerful device.” The inspiration of this proposal stemmed from recognizing how this quote could be translated in the direct manner of which Park Avenue has continuously evolved over time by all the movement that has surrounded it. Between the first sunken railroad tracks from the nineteenth century to the expansions of the roads to make room for an increasing number of commuters, the narrow interstitial strips of space, also known as the medians, have ironically become one of the most underutilized spaces throughout the city. This proposal looks to challenge and repurpose this area in an effort to create a place of wonder and escape from the non stop flow of distraction seen throughout life in the city. Imagine, amidst this axis of never ending movement, if one could stop time for a meaningful moment of conscientiousness.
This proposal strives to create a tangible installation from the intangible phenomenon of time. The hourglass is one of the most recognized symbols of measuring time. Its seamless, pinched shape creates a funneling effect that physically slows down the descent of each individual grain of sand and thus affects their natural over all movement. Drawing parallels to this dynamic, the horizontal orientation of form with scattered pieces along the site is designed to discreetly imply a broken hourglass putting time on hold.
Drawing from the surroundings between of the blow between E 48th and 49th, Philip Johnson’s Seagram building and Emery Roth’s 299 Park Ave spoke to a time of engineering revolution in their construction which inspired the project’s material palette. These include steel, for its timeless strength, and highly reflective glazing having a more seemingly transient feel. Using one-way mirrors, this installation aims not only to impact the individuals inhabiting the median but also the onlookers of whom will be able to see how others interact within the piece. In its geometry, the mirrored interior serves to distort one’s surroundings enough to get fully immersed into this moment of something unordinary. When viewed perpendicularly within, the stacked mirror effect creates an almost surrealist version of any object in site including oneself. Additionally the centralized view corridor created by the oculus screens away all of the surroundings making one feel as if they are less like a city and more like in a poetically distorted representation of the city’s elegant surroundings.
Imagine being able to experience the general notion of Time in an Instant within such space. A space that can make you conscious of something most people take for granted on a daily basis. An interpretation of architecture and time was beautifully stated by Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa in his essay The Eyes of the Skin, ‘Architecture domesticates limitless space and enables us to inhabit it, but it should likewise domesticate endless time and enable us to inhabit the continuum of time’. As one of our guiding principles throughout this process, we hope to have successfully made you wonder, even for just an instant.
3200 sf - 2017 - New York City
Design: Sylvere Azoulai
Architectural Design: Slice Lab
The projects aims to capture the Nespresso experience through art and culture by immersing itself in the Julliard's lobby - Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Nearly everything on the floor other than the seating has been tailor made for this space. CNC cut maple screens with powder coated steel bases sit atop a custom color graphic rug with reference to a genome. Linearly stacked Corian wrapped tables pay homage to Nespresso's signature coffee packaging design.
200 sf - 2017 - Santa Cruz, CA
Client: Glade / Ogilvy
Design: 02 Treehouse
Architectural Design: Slice Lab
In partnership with 02 Treehouse. the project was commissioned for a Glade commercial and Vaga Brothers travel blog. The end goal was to create a space that allowed one to be fully immersed into their surroundings when in the wilderness. This tree house creates a 360° floor to ceiling panoramic view of the oxygen rich forest. The structure sits between 6 giant Coastal Redwood trees and is completely suspended with an all steel ladder tethered to the the base. 56 Laser CNC'd steel diamond frames come together along with marine grade plywood that parallel the openings to suspended a super structures zome that's peak height sits suspended over 50 feet above the forest floor.
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1500sf - 2016 - New York City
Client: Nespresso USA
Design: Sylvere Azoulai
Architectural Design: Slice Lab
Fabrication: Standard & Custom
Nespresso commissioned the redesign of the terrace for the David Geffen Hall Cafe at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The majority of the work entailed CNCed treated MDF accompanied by welded steel bases.
2500 sf - 2017 - New York City
Gateways to Chinatown Competition
Design: Slice Lab + Young Village + Pavel Zeldovich
The architectural manifestation of our proposal is a celebration of the number 8 in Chinese culture as well as its simplified Chinese character form: Architecturally, we wanted to translate the goal of merging the old and the new. In order to do that, we are re-interpreting what we considered very important symbols of Chinese culture such as the integrity and elegance of the bamboo, the materiality and colors found in a great number of traditional Chinese temples, as well as the ever-so present and iconic Chinese lantern - all in order to develop our project. We first started by looking at the necessary steps to take to re-urbanize and improve the community usage of the site in terms of circulation. We decided to get rid of the very small sidewalks along the long of the site, and instead open it up and create new additional path going from the tip of the site (corner of Walker St & Canal St) to Baxter Street, in order for the site to be fully utilized by the community. In a way to further emphasize this idea of passing through this new Gateway, we used an architectural language reminiscent of Bamboo forests to surround and frame this new path. The distribution of the bamboo framing was also guided in plan by the symbolic geometry of the Chinese character: and how it reminds us of two walls converging to one opening.
The framing is also emphasized by the new topography of the site, which elevates on the edges along Walker St and Canal Street to block people going through the site from the surrounding traffic, and allows them to escape the craziness of Manhattan's traffic if just for a second.
The landscape is in itself homage and references the materials and colors found in a great number of traditional wooden Chinese temples, by using wood and a splash of red and gold finishes sporadically throughout the site.
Chattanooga is home to a sprawling landscape which contains one of the nations most densely populated vegetation. With revolutions in rapid prototyping, we envision architecture such as this design, taking on construction principles of growth rather than simple assembly. Pulling inspiration from the first signs of growth found in a small sprouting plant, we formulated our concept of having architecture spring up and outward from a central point.
The majority of the design elements all stem from a central core. Creating an emerging wall from the center of the space allows one to fully experience the single volume while still incorporating strategic partitions for privacy. The utilities and all add on fixers are also tied back into this spine. We found inspiration by referencing a simple leaf section, and established the basis to our structural form. The arced wing like flanges of the leaf structure can take on the ability to span large unsupported spaces. The embedded beam like spines also allow for longer cantilevered shading areas along the perimeter.
Traditional means of construction call for multiple components that are aggregated together, however, this all in one design approach we implemented in the Folium Villa is meant to encapsulate all these elements into a seamless construction and experience.
With an intent to create a warmer feel within and alongside the concrete interior, reclaimed Southern Red Oak was chosen as complementary material. The clear contract pays homage to this highly populated red oak region in Tennessee and would be a realistic locally sourced material consideration.
2017 - San Francisco, CA
Client: KMD Architects
KMD Architects intended on re-branding of their headquarters in San Francisco. Using simply laser cut acrylic, three areas of interest were selected for branding opportunities to catch the visitors' eye and guide it throughout the open office space.
360 sf - 2012 - NYC
The main focus of the renovation was to create a greater sense of continuity between the living and dining space. This was achieved through the custom casework. An uninterrupted wood credenza connects both spaces harmoniously as well as functionally. The space is now expansive and open. The renovation included redoing the wood floor, remodeling the existing kitchen, redesigning the existing closet, as well as incorporating a custom credenza.
450sf - 2017 - LES, New York City
Client: Hideout Chai Bar
This project's design is focused on keeping the space very minimal and zen in order to bring a focus to the patron and his wonderful Chai Tea creations.
600 sf - 2013 - Tribeca, New York City
Design: Slice Lab
Fabrication: Standard & Custom
This custom double-sided piece of furniture was designed to create a built-in furniture piece that would act as a separation in this L-shaped loft, in order to create a new space for a new born. The design aimed to embrace existing space by kissing the column and extending to the exterior wall. This project was fully CNC machined and painted off-site, then installed on site.
The driving vision was taking a modern approach an element commonly associated with ice skating, hockey boards. Form was inspired by the movement of an ice skater. In Winnipeg, the majority of the winds come directly from the North and windshield can be a large factor in comfort, therefore the Wind Boards are strategically placed, shaped and oriented to aerodynamically take on the wind creating small pockets of windless shelter. These are designed for people to utilizes as nodes to rest, adjust skates and take in their environment comfortably. The blue acrylic allows the installation to pop out as extensions of the ice on the constantly shifting landscape. In the evenings the benches and acrylic edges would be lit from below creating a miniature light garden. The benches also add a note of visual warmth in material made from reclaimed hockey sticks. With the Red River consistently having ice depths of 1m, the strategy is to structurally anchor the boards to the ice face itself. With various points of minimal penetrations the boards stay well planted on the surface.
With all the turmoil that is happening now with migration issues this project is our interpretation of a global movement mapping extrapolated onto a half a globe structure using 7 different color string to represent the seven regions of the world. Allows you to observe and reflect on the concept of migration that cross pollinates the world with a visual cue of leading lines. The color selection if also a cue of all inclusive inviting people into the area carved by arches, one can climb up and take a second vantage point here. Love not hate and to celebrate diversity. Inviting people in. Migration that is non tangle but this project aims to bring it to light with table structure to illustrate it. Welcomes everyone from all backgrounds in and shows some historical facts on the most recent migration patterns Welcomes everyone from all backgrounds in and shows some historical facts on the most recent migration patterns
3750 sf - 2018 - Beijing, China
Design: Slice Lab / Antistatics
With form inspired by super hero-like aesthetic, this custom designed space aimed to entertain large groups of guests. Sitting atop the Beijing skyline, this super penthouse lounge and club provides 360 degree views of which can be seen from nearly any area within the space. This project is not yet built.
2850 sf - 2019 - San Francisco, CA
Client: 826 Valencia
Photography: Celso Rojas / Garna Raditya
Architecture Design: WRNS Studio
Mushrooms Design/Fabrication: Slice Lab
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Inspired by a macro version of an enchanted forest, this art piece aims to bring wonder to the visitors. Digitally designed mushrooms were 3D printed and used to create reusable silicon molds to create dynamic mushrooms made from marbled concrete. During his time at WRNS Studio, Diego also lead the design of the parametric ribbed wall from which the mushrooms are anchored into.