Vault House / Johnston Marklee

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Architects: Johnston Marklee
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee
Design Team: Katrin Terstegen, Andri Luescher, Nicholas Hofstede, Anna Neimark, Anton Schneider, Yoshi Nagamine, Ryan Roettker
Area: 3600.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

Johnston Marklee’s Design for Menil Drawing Institute To Harness Gradients of Light

Menil Drawing Institute at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. Image Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / The Menil Collection

As we reported last weekThe Menil Collection has unveiled details on the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, . The building will be the first freestanding facility in the United States created especially for the exhibition, study, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. 

Situated in an extensive 30-acre masterplan designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the institute will be located amongst Renzo Piano’s main museum building, Piano’s Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Rothko Chapel. More info on the design, and all the renderings, after the break.

Details Emerge on Johnston Marklee’s Design for the Menil Drawing Institute

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The Menil Collection has unveiled details of the long-awaited Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, Texas. The modest, $40 million institute is projected to be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, as well as the Menil’s first major expansion under the ambitious 30-acre master plan designed by .

Details on the design, after the break…

Solo Houses: When Architects Are Given Carte Blanche

Casa Fujimoto / Sou Fujimoto. Image © by-encore.com, via

French developer Christian Bourdais has enlisted eight architects to develop vacation homes on a 50-hectare nature reserve about two hours south of Barcelona. So far, so normal. However, each participant in the “Solo Houses” experiment was given what every architect dreams of (and hardly ever receives): carte blanche. The results, from the likes of Sou Fujimoto, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, and more, are stunning. See them all after the break…

The Menil Collection selects Johnston Marklee for Expansion

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In the spirit of the museum’s 25th anniversary, Director Josef Helfenstein has announced Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee as the architects for the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) – the Menil Collection’s first major expansion initiated under the ambitious master plan designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world. was selected over David Chipperfield Architects, and Tatiana Bilbao.

“Johnston Marklee has proposed an approach that sensitively and ingeniously addresses the challenges of accommodating the vital yet inherently delicate medium of drawing,” Josef Helfenstein stated, as reported by Your Houston News. “The firm understands on the deepest level the distinctive role that MDI will play as a focal point for the entire campus, giving us an approach that will serve this important collection and elevate the future experience of the Menil as a whole.”

Continue reading for more.

Finalists announced for the Menil Collection Expansion

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Prior to becoming a Pritzker laureate, Italian architect Renzo Piano was commissioned to design the Menil Collection in a quiet inner-city neighborhood of Houston, . Since celebrating its opening in 1987, the museum has expanded, adding Renzo’s second commission, the (1995), along with the permanent, site-specific installation at Richmond Hall by minimalist sculptor Dan Flavin and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (1997-2012) by owner Dominique de Menil. Surrounded by ample amounts of open space, the long-term master plan of the museum’s campus has been under the review of architect David Chipperfield.

Now, after an extensive international search to select the architect for the campuses new major addition that will house the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the architecture selection committee has announced the four architects under consideration. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world.

Continue after the break to find out the finalists.

AD Interviews: Sharon Johnston & Mark Lee

Another interview conducted live at the rooftop of The Standard during ! LA.

We invited Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee (principals at Johnston MarkLee), mostly because I wanted to know more about the practice behind some interesting projects we featured prior to the event: The Hill House, the Sale House,  the Mameg + Maison Martin Margiela store and their Ordos 100 villa, along with the View House in Argentina we featured earlier today.

We asked the usual set of questions, while the sun was going down in LA, and Sharon/Mark answers turned into a interesting conversation. I like Mark’s answer to “What should be the role of architects in contemporary society”: “Architects should be superstars – and solve all problems of the world“. Part of the talk on Social Networking was about Ordos 100 and the network behind this “architectural orgy”.

Mark Lee will be a speaker at CIP Talks 2009.

Feedback and comments are welcome.

View House / Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto

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Location: Rosario,
Architects: Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto
Principals-in-Charge: Mark Lee, Diego Arraigada
Project Architect: Sharon Johnston AIA
Project Team: Juliana Esposito, Jeff Adams, Pablo Gamba, Nazarena Infante, Nadia Carassai, Anne Rosenberg, Anton Schneider
Project: 2004-2005
Construction: 2006-2009
Site Area: 2113 m2
Interior Area: 297 m2
Total Built Area: 361 m2
Developer: Lucas Ma (President, Markee LLC)
Structural Engineer: Ing Gonzalo Garibay
General Contractor: MECSA, Ing Gustavo Micheletti
Materials: Exposed Concrete, Anodized Aluminum, Plaster, Polished concrete, Polished Terrazzo, Lapacho Hardwood
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

Mameg + Maison Martin Margiela / Johnston Marklee & Associates

Architects: Johnston Marklee & Associates
Location: Beverly Hills, California,
Project year: 2007
Project Architects: Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston AIA, Katrin Terstegen
Project team: Albert Chu, Robert Garlipp, Nicholas Hofstede
Client: Sonia Eram (Mameg), Staff USA (Maison Martin Margiela)
Contractor: Lofton Contracting, Inc. (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Structural Engineer: B.W. Smith Structural Engineers (Studio City, CA)
Lighting Consultant: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting (Los Angeles, CA)
Electrical Engineer: A&F Consulting Engineers (Reseda, CA)
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

ORDOS 100 #10: Johnston Marklee & Associates

This villa is located in plot #46 of the ORDOS project.

Architects: Johnston Marklee & Associates
Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia,
Pincipals in charge: Sharon Johnston AIA, Mark Lee
Project Architect: Anton Schneider
Project team: Owen Merrick, Midori Mizuhara, Jonathan Raz
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2009
Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China

Sale house / Johnston Marklee & Associates

Architects: Johnston Marklee & Associates
Location: Venice, California,
Project year: 2004
Project Architects: Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston AIA, Lars Holt, Mark Rea Baker
Project team: Jeff Adams, , Michelle Cintron, Daveed Kapoor, Anne Rosenberg, Anton Schneider
Owner: Josh Sale, Peggy Curran
Contractor: Alonzo Construction
Structural Engineer: William Koh & Associates
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier

Hill House / Johnston Marklee & Associates

Architects: Johnston Marklee & Associates
Location: Pacific Palisades, California, USA
Project year: 2004
Project Architects: Mark Lee, Sharon Johnston AIA, Jeff Adams, Mark Rea Baker
Project team: , Brennan Buck, Michelle Cintron, Daveed Kapoor, Anne Rosenberg, Anton Schneider
Developer: Lucas Ma (President, Markee LLC)
Client: Chan Luu
Contractor: Hinerfeld-Ward, Inc.
Structural Engineer: William Koh & Associates
Lighting Consultant: Dan Weinreber
Landscape: DLush Life LA
Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier