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Drivelines Studios / LOT-EK

01:00 - 9 November, 2018
Drivelines Studios / LOT-EK, © Dave Southwood
© Dave Southwood

© Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood © Dave Southwood + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Team

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano, Principals, Sara Valente
  • Area

    75000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

LOT-EK: “The Shipping Container Is a Vehicle to Invent New Architecture”

10:30 - 3 January, 2018
LOT-EK: “The Shipping Container Is a Vehicle to Invent New Architecture”, PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright
PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright

Shipping containers, once a darling of architectural upcycling, have received a lot of criticism recently, as architects are beginning to recognize that their perceived advantages—ready-made habitable space and structure, and an opportunity to recycle a widely available material—are based in little more than hopeful PR spin. But for one of the most prominent practices which regularly uses shipping containers in their work, LOT-EK, the attraction of these architectural ready-mades always went beyond the ecological and practical rationalizations provided by others. In this interview at the firm's New York studio, part of Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, LOT-EK founders Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano discuss the conceptual foundations of their fascination with shipping container architecture.

Carroll House, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2016. Image © Danny Bright PUMA City, 2008. Image © Danny Bright Qiyun Mountain Camp, Huangshan, China, 2015. Image © Noah Sheldon Irving Place Carriage House, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2014. Image © Danny Bright + 48

Carroll House / LOT-EK

09:00 - 12 October, 2017
Carroll House / LOT-EK, © Danny Bright
© Danny Bright

© Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brooklyn, United States
  • Design

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano; Principals, Virginie Stolz; Project Architect
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

LOT-EK Architecture Uses Recycled Shipping Containers for Its New Structure in Socrates Sculpture Park

08:00 - 23 September, 2016
LOT-EK Architecture Uses Recycled Shipping Containers for Its New Structure in Socrates Sculpture Park, Courtesy of Lot-EK and Socrates Sculpture Park
Courtesy of Lot-EK and Socrates Sculpture Park

Perched on Long Island City’s waterfront, Socrates Sculpture Park is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its first permanent structure.

Its form? Cubes. 

LOT-EK architecture firm’s “The Cubes” — initially commissioned for New York's Whitney Museum of American Art — is composed of eighteen recycled shipping containers that create two levels of indoor space. The building's 960 square feet of flexible interior space promises a multi-functional facility, with most areas built for holding classes of up to 70 people.

Courtesy of Lot-EK and Socrates Sculpture Park Courtesy of Lot-EK and Socrates Sculpture Park The Original Cube Courtesy of Lot-Ek and Socrates Sculpture Park + 7

Irving Place Carriage House / LOT-EK

09:00 - 22 September, 2016
Irving Place Carriage House / LOT-EK, © Danny Bright
© Danny Bright

© Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Area

    2500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Gensler, LOT-EK to Design Google's Showroom of Floating Shipping Containers

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
Gensler, LOT-EK to Design Google's Showroom of Floating Shipping Containers , Artist's rendering of the "Google Barge". Image Courtesy of The Verge
Artist's rendering of the "Google Barge". Image Courtesy of The Verge

UPDATE: The SF Gate reports that the architects of the Google Barge have now been revealed to be San Francisco-based firm Gensler and New York-based LOT-EK, a firm with experience adapting shipping containers for retail design.

A mysterious construction project in the San Francisco Bay has been making waves for the past couple of weeks. Moored off Treasure Island, locals apparently refer to it as 'the secret project' - and, until now, that's about as much as was known about it. 

Despite months of rumors and complete radio silence from Google, spokespeople have finally released a statement on the project, stating: "Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. Although it’s still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

While it's a shame about the dinosaur, Google's expansion into technology retail is possibly even more intriguing, as it's entirely new turf for the company: retail design.

More info and an artist's rendering of what the barge could look like, after the break...

AD Interviews: LOT-EK

01:00 - 3 July, 2013

Not long ago we sat down with Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of LOT-EK—a New York City- and Naples-based architectural design studio. Known for their work with shipping containers, they discuss the learning curve they have endured by using objects that fall outside of the typical materials specified in manuals. LOT-EK also explains that they have been influenced by the freedom exercised in contemporary art. In their attempt to look at the world through “different eyes,” they find that networking is indispensable since it “makes what [they] do relevant” and opens them up to new opportunities.

City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC's Historic Pier 57

00:00 - 11 April, 2013
City Council Approves Redevelopment of NYC's Historic Pier 57, Courtesy of Young Woo & Associates
Courtesy of Young Woo & Associates

New York's City Council have unanimously backed a proposed plan to restore and redevelop the aging giant that is Pier 57. Built in 1952, the 300,000 square foot pier was hailed by Popular Mechanics as a 'SuperPier' for its vast size and unconventional construction, as most of the pier's weight is supported by 'floating' air-filled concrete cassions. The pier was originally used as a bus depot by the New York City Transit Authority, however it has been lying vacant since 2003. The latest decision brings a concrete end to years of speculation as to what the fate of the pier would be.

Read more about the proposal after the break...

APAP OpenSchool / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

00:00 - 20 January, 2013
© Kim Myoung-Sik
© Kim Myoung-Sik
  • Architects

  • Location

    Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Design Team

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Project Architect

    Tommy Manuel
  • Client

    Kyong Park
  • Area

    5,500 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Kim Myoung-Sik © Kim Myoung-Sik © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone + 16

Whitney Studio / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

01:00 - 17 January, 2013
© Danny Bright
© Danny Bright
  • Architects

  • Location

    Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA
  • Design Team

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Project Architect

    Virginie Stolz
  • Area

    700.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright © Danny Bright + 12

Sanlitun South / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

00:00 - 14 January, 2013
Sanlitun South /  LOT-EK Architecture & Design, ©  SHU He
© SHU He

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He Courtesy of LOT-EK Architecture & Design + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
  • Design Team

    Keisuke Nibe, Koki Hashimoto, Judith Tse
  • Client

    Guo Feng Development
  • Consultants

    Beijing Architectural & Engineering Design Company
  • Area

    24,000 m2
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

APAP Open School / LOT-EK

21:00 - 15 June, 2010

Infamously known for their work with shipping containers (be sure to check out their Puma City previously featured on AD), American-firm LOT -EK has nearly completed the APAP Open School, in Korea. The containers are perched atop each other creating spaces beneath them for a public amphitheater, within them for educational functions and even on top of them for a long decked roof offering great views.

More images and more about the school after the break.

PUMA City, Shipping Container Store / LOT-EK

15:39 - 20 December, 2008

Our green friends over Inhabitat just tipped us on a new project by NYC/Napoli based office LOT-EK, a practice that has been doing an interesting job by reusing containers.

24 containers are put together to create a 3 storey store with over 11,000 sqf, including a bar/lounge area and 2 decks.

The store is currently at the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, and it´s transported to each location (Alicante, Boston, Stockholm) and assembled quickly.

More pictures details after the jump.