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Architensions Completes a Writing Pavilion

For Immediate Release:

Writing and drawing are activities that contribute to the creation of a parallel imaginative world and to producing infinite options whenever a condition of isolation or immersive solitude is needed. The small space is located in the lush and protected garden of a creative couple involved in the arts.

Nested on a concrete plinth, the pavilion employs the use of black stained cedar for the exterior cladding and natural pine plywood for the interior. The pavilion’s sectional shape acts as a device to bring natural light inside, and induces optimal conditions for the human eye. The room is minimally furnished with a chair and a folding writing table; the warm interior wood becomes the unifying element between interior and exterior. The roof is conceived as a large sloped light well porous towards the trees and the sky; one elevation is dominated by a large opening looking out toward the garden. The specific phenomenological conditions of this retreat space make ideas come to life through a synthesis of material and spatial imagination.

Photos by Cameron Blaylock

Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

Alessandro Orsini, Architensions founding principal has been invited by the Van Alen Institute to present the most recent urban research of the office focused on escapes routes within and outside the city.

From the press release:

Sometimes the bustle and excitement of the city is best appreciated from a distance. Focusing on short visits to or away from the city, we asked six forward-thinking designers to consider escape in and around New York and develop new routes and experiences. Come and be inspired for your next trip out by these exciting proposals that create new connections between communities and places, visit formerly inaccessible pockets, and address the changing tourist ecologies of the city.

Design Presentation and Conversation
Sunday, December 14   4:00pm—6:00pm
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street
New York, New York


Van Alen Institute – Escape Route: New Itineraries

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Blurring Boxes Breaks Ground

Our project in landmark Greenpoint district of Brooklyn broke  ground and is officially under construction. Foundations excavation started in August. Check our Instagram for  Blurring Boxes construction updates.

Sifang Art Museum - Steven Holl Architects

The “Fundamentals” of Koolhaas were stated by Holl 25 years ago.

Alessandro Orsini writes on Il Giornale dell’Architettura about the Biennale 2014:

“Architecture is bound to situation,” wrote Steven Holl in his 1989 book Anchoring, a manifesto which became a major driving force through his entire career.

Under the direction of Rem Koolhaas, the next Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on “fundamentals” by comparatively looking at histories, attempting a reconstruction of how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculating on its future. In particular, the main section “Elements of Architecture” will pay close attention to the fundamentals of our buildings, used by all architects all the time—the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the stair, etc.—and examine how they have evolved over time, and how modernity has diminished vernacular specificity.

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