Wednesday, October 7, 2009


David Adjaye is a London based architect with offices also in New York and Berlin.  He has not done a tremendous amount of residential work here in the states, but did design the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and has been awarded the commission to design the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian.  More about that here, if you like.

His best residential work, in my opinion, is in London.  Dirty House, Twin House, Swarovski House and Sunken House are all spectacular (sometimes a little shocking) works of art that people also happen to live in.  My style is not minimal by any means, but Adjaye's work is so sensitively crafted that it really transcends style altogether.

Pitch Black or Vanderbilt studio in Brooklyn is the one and only residential architectural structure in New York City by Adjaye, designed for artists James Casebere and Lorna Simpson.  Enjoy the perceived simplicity.

Here is a write up from the Times magazine about the studio when it was first completed.  You can also read more about his collaboration with artist Olafur Eliasson at the Venice Biannale back in 2006.  Wish I could have seen it.  And click here for a really extensive investigation of his work, philosophy, and upcoming projects.

Images via archinect

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