Last week the Architectural League of New York announced the winners of its annual Emerging Voices program. Each year the League awards talent that displays a unique design voice with strong potential to influence the fields of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. These eight firms’ portfolios passed the muster of a prestigious jury including the likes of Henry Cobb, Annabelle Selldorf, and Adam Yarinsky, and they will now join the ranks of past honorees including Steven Holl, Tod Williams, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, Deborah Berke, Michael Maltzan, and SHoP Architects.
Architecture fans in New York will have the opportunity to hear each Emerging Voice in person at a lecture series this March at the Scholastic Auditorium in Soho. More information on the lectures and tickets can be found here.
Click through for a slideshow featuring works from this year's group.
Los Angeles- and Paris-based cao | perrot Studio brings an artistic bent to landscaping and creates “hybrid environments…place[s] for dreaming.” For many, it doesn’t get dreamier than a cloud of 10,000 genuine Swarovski Elements water-drop crystals floating overhead. Supported by a structure of hand-sculpted wire mesh, the crystals reflect in the pool below for added shimmer. Cao Cloud Terrace, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Photo by: Stephen Jerrome.
Within ethereal landscaping including a carpet of green algae, paths of white seashells and vetiver grass, wild irises, and Himalayan blue poppies, a saffron-colored oversized lantern floats overhead. cao | perrot Studio constructed the installation for the Metis International Gardens Festival and fabricated the lantern in accordance with traditional Vietnamese construction techniques. Jardin des Hespérides, Metis International Gardens Festival, Quebec. Photo by: Louise Tanguay.
The Red Bowl was constructed by cao I perrot studio in the Saint-Lazare Leprosarum, as a work of public art. Visitors crossed a pond to walk amongst a hemisphere of 5000 tall metal rods topped with red glass marbles. The installation took inspiration from the biblical notion of purifying the body of diseases by a bath of blood. Red Bowl, Maladrerie Saint-Lazare, Beauvais (France). Photo by cao I perrot studio.
Philadelphia firm DIGSAU use their work to create a union of “high tech construction with low-tech ideas.“ Their celebration of the patina of materials and imperfections of human labor can be seen in the reclaimed wood facade of the Rural Loft pictured here, completed in 2011. Photo by: Todd Mason/Halkin Photography.
Philadelphia firm DIGSAU aims to “develop places that connect to the human spirit through the use of form, space, light, and material.” All four are seen at work here in the Sister Cities Park & Pavilion, completed in 2011. A cantilevered roof and glass walls allow for an unobstructed view of the square, allowing visitors to enjoy the outdoors from within. Photo by: Todd Mason/Halkin Photography.
DIGSAU employed a saw-tooth roof on the Construction Training and Education Center pictured under construction here. The roof will provide natural light, harness solar energy and collect rainwater for use within the building. Projected completion in 2013. Photo courtesy of DIGSAU.
Partnering with the Architecture Research Office, dlandstudio created “A New Urban Ground” for MoMA’s 2010 “Rising Currents” exhibition, calling attention to Manhattan’s vulnerability to climate change impacts. With the recent devastation to Lower Manhattan from Hurricane Sandy, the proposal’s profile is growing internationally as a model to protect cities from super-storms and rising sea levels. MoMA Rising Currents: A New Urban Ground, New York City. Photo credit: dlandstudio
In addition to serving as a resting place for potholes, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway is a six-lane highway dividing the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook. In 2007, dlandstudio received a NYSCA Grant to study reconnection strategies for these neighborhoods while looking at the potential to improve adjacent landscape infrastructure and ameliorate environmental impacts. The resulting plan’s first phase dips its toe in the water by calling for the addition of green walls and street trees. The final achievement, shown here, will be a new park shading the BQE and connecting neighborhoods while providing green space for an area lacking in parks. BQE, New York City. Photo credit: dlandstudio.
The Pop-Up Park at Pier 1 by dlandstudio was a temporary, public open space installed in the summer of 2008, concurrent with Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Waterfalls’ exhibition in New York Harbor. Built for less than $3/square foot out of mostly donated materials, the space was the only location in the city providing views to all four waterfalls. A recycled shipping container served as a café and after the Pop-Up Park’s disbandment, the trees were reused by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for other projects. Pop-Up Park, Pier One, New York Harbor. Photo credit: dlandstudio
Jose Gracia of graciastudio sees economic restraints as “an opportunity to exploit and develop creativity and inventiveness.” This multi-purpose building on the grounds of the Encuentro Guadalupe development houses the winery, wine cellars, a gallery, and the hotel front desk. Photo by: Edgar Lima
A view of the villa of the Encuentro Guadalupe development. Photo by: Edgar Lima
A collection of 20 cabins scattered through the grounds of Encuentre Guadalupe form Endémico Resguardo Silvestre, by Jorge Gracia of graciastudio. Each unit is perched on stilts to make as little impact on the earth as possible. Photo by: Luis García.
MASS Design Group argues that “Design is never neutral. It either helps or it hurts.” Through innovative and considered design, the firm planned the GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital, currently under construction. Once completed, patients will find refuge for their long-term care in an environment created to minimize in-hospital transmission of TB via implementation of passive ventilation and infection control. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo courtesy of MASS Design Group
MASS Design Group worked with infectious disease specialists to mitigate and reduce the spread of airborne diseases throughout the Butaro Hospital in Butaro, Rwanda. Photo by: Iwan Baan
The use of local resources provided a multitude of benefits – stimulation of the local economy, sustainable design, and reduced construction costs. Butaro Hospital in Butaro, Rwanda. Photo by: Iwan Baan
The Gallery House in San Francisco, California, by Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects called for creating a space for both a public art gallery and a private residence. The design required partitioning the lot and viewing its components as interlocking figures of solids and voids. The tessellated lattice front: a piece of art itself. Photo by: Tim Griffith
As the destruction of dunes through land development and recreational use grows, Ogrydziak Prillinger viewed the construction of a weekend house for two surfers in Monterey Bay as an opportunity to reinforce these natural barriers protecting the beach from erosion. By viewing the house as a synthetic dune, the nearby dunes were given some man-made backup. Photo by: OPA
A geometric park unlike any other, this bit of greenery occupies the space of two former parking spaces in front of the farm:table cafe in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. Working within the context of the behavior of slopes, Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects was able to optimize for four actions: sitting, perching, lounging, and planting. Photo by: Tim Griffith
Mexico City’s PRODUCTORA creates architecture that “seeks a single “gesture,” often exploiting the tension between the partners’ personal interests and the demands of site, context, program, and client.” Case in point: Casa Diaz. Urban planning requirements called for the home to maintain regional character from street view. PRODUCTORA complied but employed a modernist twist out back. Three stacked rectangles form a zigzag and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall glass allow for untarnished views of the lake. Valle de Bravo, Mexico, 2011. Photo by: Paul Czitrom
Thermal Dolores Park was designed by PRODUCTORA as a “large landscape intervention.” Combining recreational and curative elements along a grid of canals and roads, the plan integrates features of a classical landscape such as the axes of symmetry, lookout mountain,, waterways, bridges and porticos. Dolores, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. September 2011. Open National Contest.
A47, is a mobile art library, by PRODUCTORA. The shutters allow for an open platform to hold presentations, lectures, and workshops. Inside up to 1500 books can be housed in removable trays. A47 provides a strong argument for PRODUCTORA’S mission to "find fresh solutions to design challenges." Mexico City, Mexico 2012. Photo by: Luis Gallardo
The Kukje Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, by SO-IL was designed as a cube to create an open plan to accommodate installations and performances. A modified wall on the east entrance created a space for circulation, and softened the exterior of the building. A net of chains covering the exterior extends to this area and creates a veil. Kukje was recently nominated for Designs of the Year for architecture by the Design Museum in London and will be exhibited at the museum beginning March 20, 2013. Photo by: Iwan Baan
For many attending the Frieze Art Fair last spring, SO-IL’s tent was as big a draw as the artwork within. Working with a prefabricated rental structure required SO-IL to get creative. The 225,000 square feet, 1500 foot long structure was pieced together with pie-shaped tent section wedges inserted between six tent sections to open up an otherwise standardized system. The wedges allowed the normally straight tent to unfold itself into a snake-like shape. Photo by: Iwan Baan
In the downtown neighborhood of Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece, SO-IL is working on an urban housing development for students. While we’re not so sure administrators love the name - Party Wall - one look indicates it will be the top abode of choice for all the co-eds. SO-IL's ambitious plan will change the face of an area known for closed buildings and unused backyards. Photo credit: SO-IL