Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, David Adjaye OBE, and is time to discover the reasons why you should covet this company projects! Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to unfold cinematically, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to challenge typologies and to generate a dynamic cultural discourse.
From museums to galleries and university campuses to libraries, the practice’s civic buildings are defined by their ability to develop new typologies and to engage communities. Generating a discourse of public encounter,
the buildings dissolve barriers and encourage permeability, while accommodating difference and inspiring an active negotiation of space.
MEMO Project – Portland, Current
Retail & Commercial
The practice has broad retail and commercial experience ranging from banking to hospitality and offices to fashion. The approach can be defined by an ability to translate brands into space and to enhance possibilities for social interaction. Alara Concept Store – Lagos, 2015
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The coterminous expression of the spatial, political, cultural, and social dimension is
the essence of the practice’s masterplanning projects and urban interventions. It presents the ultimate flexible methodology – a multi-nodal inquiry – that works at every scale.
Msheireb Downtown Doha – Doha, Qatar, Current
Adjaye Associates’ earliest work comprised a series of residences, domestic spaces and studios for artists, mainly in London’s East End. These projects were a reconceptualisation of the lived-in environment and explored the relationship between private space and the
city. The houses also offered the opportunity to experiment with form, natural light and materials in ways which were formative to the evolution of the practice. More recently, Adjaye Associates has been engaged in the design of larger scale projects – such as social housing and mixed-use developments – alongside a continued growing portfolio of private houses, villas and apartments for individuals.
Nanjing House – China, 2012
David Adjaye has always sought to cross creative platforms, collaborating with artists and designers from different disciplines and focusing on the creative discourse surrounding the act of making things. It is the dialogue – the cultural intersection – which is critical. It is this instinct that has been recognised by the art world, and which makes the collaborations with artists and curators so engaging.
Gwangju Pavilion – Gwangju, 2013
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