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feature The Design-Fabrication Dynamic A firm that does both grows from "single space architecture" to Berkshire storytelling B Y J u Li A vA n de n ho u t I that, in addition to their design firm, Taylor and Miller have established a fabrication shop in the Berkshires, and have extensive experience in lighting design. As a result, their single space projects feel intensely human - flaws included - and have none of the glossy sterility that sells well online. The LJ Cross store, at a mere 310 square feet, feels at once protected and a bit claustrophobic. Their understanding of buildability is particularly visible in projects like the Duke of Montrose Whiskey Bar, with its three-dimensional herringbone pattern created from pine two-by-fours, and the Linger Lounge, where an elaborate chandelier A system of plywood furniture and partitions, which could be endlessly reconfigured, allowed Echoing Green to reuse the system from its 3,200-square-foot space in a new 7,500-square-foot office. A continuous ribbon of soft white Corian lines the diminutive 300-square-foot LJ Cross store, creating an immersive and alluring environment. ©Studio Dubuisson (clockwise from top right) The Duke of Montrose Whiskey Bar in Brooklyn sports a three-dimensional herringbone pattern created from pine two-by-fours. ©Studio Dubuisson ©Studio Dubuisson t is inevitable that many young architects in New York are fated to spend their first years working on small interiors projects that are too restricted in both space and budget to allow for nuanced narratives or elegant detailing. In many cases, these constraints result in one-liner designs that can be easily communicated in flirtatious renderings and brandable images. But B. Alex Miller and Jeffrey Taylor, RA, both graduates of MIT and partners in Brooklyn-based Taylor & Miller Architecture and Design, look to create a real experience of space rather than a graphic image. One example of this is the LJ Cross store on Madison Avenue. Behind a narrow storefront, a long white oval recedes, its sleek surface interrupted only by geometrically intricate niches that display wares of the LJ Cross fashion brand. The cocoonlike experience is what Taylor and Miller call "single space architecture." By sensuously lining the narrow and deep rectangle of space in a continuous ribbon of soft white Corian, they created an instantly immersive and alluring environment, which is enriched as the elaborateness of the receding niches and projecting jewelry cases reveal themselves. In small projects such as LJ Cross, the firm's focus lies with tactility of materials through playful patterns and elaborate textures. It is not surprising 26 Oculus Winter 2015 Reinventing Architecture: Design in a Digital World

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2015

First Words Letter from Two Presidents
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Practical Attitudes
ICE in the River: Cornell Tech’s Center of Connectivity
Restoring – At Least Virtually – One of England’s Greatest Lost Buildings
At the Corner of Past and Present
The Design-Fabrication Dynamic
How Big Data is Reshaping Architecture
Architecture at the Digital Edge
3D for the Defense
Thinking Beyond the Flat Page
In Print
51-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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