This pair of buildings act as a pair of mini glowing palazzi. One building features a large illuminated roof-mounted sign, inspired by the writings of Robert Venturi on middle American urbanism and the famous Hollywood sign. The other half of the pair has a roof terrace and balcony looking onto Central Park. Every year, six new sculptures will be commissioned to occupy niches on the rear of the building.
Made from red bricks and glass blocks, inspired by Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris, both buildings are surrounded by green metal grids – in reference to British architect James Stirling. Classical use of symmetry and composition is offset with twists throughout with materials and colours; engaging with rules but wanting to break them.
David Kohn Architects, established in 2007, is currently working on projects for the Victoria & Albert, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and New College, Oxford. They worked on the cultural quarter for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.
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