KNE design studio of New York straddles multiple disciplines and believes design should be simple, bold and forward thinking.
“Studying the relationships between culture and manufacture, technology and methodology, perception and site, we come up with new strategies for influencing and creating our built environment”.
KNE’s work is characterised by a balance between the complexity of the different players involved in the project, in a constant trial and experiment between “aesthetic impulses and technological imperatives” and a search for the opportunities offered by the nature of the project.
The principal of the studio is Kevin Erickson, an architect with a degree from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2007.
Erickson also teaches at the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois and is a visiting professor at a number of prestigious universities. KNE has been awarded numerous prizes: Best Project in the 2012 Floornature Awards; the 2011 AIA New York Design Merit Award; the 2011 ACSA Design Award; and one of the winners of Warming Huts: An Art and Architecture Competition on Ice 2012.
Projects include the Rope Pavilion, winner of the first Next Landmark contest held by Floornature, a shell-shaped birch wood and rope construction on the banks of the Assiniboine River in Canada.
The Rope Pavilion is a shelter made of natural materials that keeps out the wind and snow but lets sunlight in.
The judges in the Next Landmark contest described this first project as follows: “A little jewel, a hut with a hybrid concept and materialisation, a promise for future development. A design concept for sustainable architecture capable of making a mark on the land and putting the land at its service without performing an act of violence on it. Here, architecture, design and landscaping come together in a single, simple project with a strong conceptual identity for a newfound relationship between the architectural object and man”.
- Residential project 305 Prairie
- FoamCORE Project
- Rope Pavillion, 2012
- UrbanCLOUD Project, 2011
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