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Permana

Permana

The typical freestanding property walls of Jakarta’s residential homes that demarcate the boundary between adjoining properties are refigured here as holders of the house-hold, drawn into the property and as well as into the house to explore boundaries of outsides and insides. Construction began February 2015.

Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt

Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt

A framework for architecture to enact the complex tectonic dramas of social and culture space.

Open Stacks

Open Stacks

The library today is the new civic center, and the Little Free Library movement brings that civic mode out into the city right there on the sidewalk with you.

Inner-liner

Inner-liner

Is it space that holds our collections of objects, or is it our collection of objects that create a space for life?

Turning House

Turning House

In the midst of a turn: rather than just setting Turning House on the site, the building sited in the act of positioning and repositioning.

Queens College Media Arts Center

Queens College Media Arts Center

Simultaneously inflecting toward the Open Theater to complete the radial arrangement of the existing arts complex and toward the Central campus alongside the building that houses the faculty offices.

Queens College Athletic Center

Queens College Athletic Center

An accumulation and dispersal of structure and image: gathering as the track turns out from and returns back into the building, expanding as it moves around the curve, echoing the motions of the real and graphic runners.

Queens College School of Music

Queens College School of Music

The multi-media activities of the Music Library are brought up to and into and out from the wall.

Queens College Open Theater

Queens College Open Theater

Structure is dispersed, accumulated, and recombined to provide mutual support and engagement as it gestures out from the stage towards the audience seating.

Docking House

Docking House

The dock of this waterfront house is drawn up into and onto the house as the new dining room, rooftop deck, and top deck — an inverse inhabition.

Guest/Host House

Guest/Host House

Social strands that weave over and under and into and out from each other—an unraveled and rewoven courtyard house—drawing forth varying symbiotic associations of guest and host.

Home Collection

Home Collection

Intrinsic residential elements of display are repurposed, transforming in character as they function in dual modes of art and home collections.

House Hold

House Hold

Utilizing fencing, siding, and decking as way to enact the social and spatial boundaries of property and habitation, surface and structure, containment and excess, domestic demarcation and its ambiguity.

NeighborHood Acts

NeighborHood Acts

Architectural and graphic and landscape elements as actors in the social and psychological engagements of urban life.

A/Partments

A/Partments

The etymological root of the word apartment — the building type most associated with collective inhabitation — means to be “apart from.”

Adult Day

Adult Day

The handrail weaves its way through the facility, transforming as it responds to different spaces and events as a way to support more than just physical balance.

Design: LeClair Lucas