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Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments. With founder Thom Mayne serving as design director, the firm today consists of a group of more than 50 professionals, who remain committed to the practice of architecture as a collaborative enterprise. With projects worldwide, the firm’s work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. Named after the Greek term, morphosis, meaning to form or be in formation, Morphosis is a dynamic and evolving practice that responds to the shifting and advancing social, cultural, political and technological conditions of modern life. Over the past 30 years, Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honors.

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Kolon One & Only Tower / Morphosis Architects

23:00 - 26 August, 2018
Kolon One & Only Tower / Morphosis Architects, © Jasmine Park
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Bloomberg Center / Morphosis Architects

13:00 - 2 October, 2017
Bloomberg Center  / Morphosis Architects, © Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

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Morphosis Employs Fiber-Reinforced Facade for Kolon Headquarters in Seoul

12:30 - 10 February, 2017
Morphosis Employs Fiber-Reinforced Facade for Kolon Headquarters in Seoul, Exterior Perspective. Image © Morphosis Architects
Exterior Perspective. Image © Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architects has revealed their designs for a new headquarters for manufacturing corporation The Kolon Group to be located in in emerging Magok district of Seoul, South Korea. Part of a revitalization effort fostered by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to turn the area into a new “industrial ecosystem,” the four-acre project will sit adjacent to Magok’s central park, becoming the district’s first major completed building.

Park View. Image © Morphosis Architects Exterior Approach. Image © Morphosis Architects Northwest Corner. Image © Morphosis Architects Interior Atrium. Image © Morphosis Architects + 38

Taubman Complex at Lawrence Tech / Morphosis Architects

09:00 - 26 October, 2016
Taubman Complex at Lawrence Tech / Morphosis Architects, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    21000 W 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075, United States
  • Category

  • Design Director

    Thom Mayne
  • Project Principal

    Brandon Welling
  • Project Architects

    Aleksander Tamm-Seitz
  • Project Team

    Chris Eskew, Michael Nesbit, Atsushi Sugiuchi
  • Area

    11613.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Morphosis and Albert Kahn Join Forces to Expand Detroit University

12:26 - 6 August, 2015
Morphosis and Albert Kahn Join Forces to Expand Detroit University , © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Morphosis Architects has teamed up with Albert Kahn Associates to expand Detroit's Lawrence Technological University with a new "Taubman Complex." Marked by a "carbon-fiber circulation orb," the complex will form a new grand entrance to the University and provide flexible laboratory space for multidisciplinary research, including robotics and biomedical engineering.

Morphosis Architects Releases Casablanca Finance City Tower Design

15:30 - 17 July, 2015
Morphosis Architects Releases Casablanca Finance City Tower Design, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Mophosis Architects have just released their design for the Casablanca Finance City tower in Morocco. The building's iconic crown, coupled with the way the building interacts with ground-level public space, creates an "inverted double-crown" that will serve as social symbol and meeting place. Following the model set in Paris' La Defense district, the project will anchor a new business district (Casablanca Finance City) and embody "Morocco’s vision for the future and setting precedents in building performance, scale, and style for a city that does not yet exist." Slated for completion in 2017, the 226,042 sq. ft building broke ground in December of 2014.

Read on to learn more about Morphosis' brise-soleil-wrapped tower. 

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Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

18:50 - 14 April, 2015
Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core.

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects + 23

Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
Emerson College Los Angeles / Morphosis Architects, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    5960 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
  • Category

  • Design Director

    Thom Mayne
  • Project Principal & Manager

    Kim Groves
  • Lead Project Designer

    Chandler Ahrens
  • Project Architect

    Aaron Ragan
  • Area

    107400.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014

Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2012
Perot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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Flashback: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters / Morphosis Architects

00:00 - 15 February, 2012
Flashback: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters / Morphosis Architects, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

© Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng + 38

Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters / Morphosis Architects

00:00 - 22 February, 2011
Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters / Morphosis Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art / Morphosis Architects

00:00 - 12 November, 2009
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art / Morphosis Architects, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, USA
  • Category

  • Architecture

    Morphosis Architects
  • Project Designers

    Natalia Traverso Caruana, Go-Woon Seo
  • Project Team

    Irena Bedenikovic, Salvador Hidalgo, Debbie Lin, Kristina Loock,
  • Associated Architect

    Gruzen Samton
  • Model Team

    Reinhard Schmoelzer with Patrick Dunn-Baker, Charles Austin, Sean Anderson, Domenique Cheng, Soohyun Cheng, Eui Yeob Jeong, Amy Kwok, Shannon Loew, Brock Hinze, Hugo Martinez, Greg Neudorf
  • Project Assistants

    Ben Damron, Graham Ferrier
  • It Co Ordinator

    Marty Doscher
  • Owner's Representative

    Jonathan Rose Companies
  • General Contractor

    FJ Sciame
  • Client

    The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Program

    Academic and laboratory building with exhibition gallery, auditorium, lounge and multi-purpose space, and retail space
  • Area

    16258.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics / Morphosis Architects

01:00 - 25 May, 2009
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics / Morphosis Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pasadena, CA, USA
  • Category

  • Architecture

    Morphosis Architects
  • Project Architect

    David Rindlaub
  • Project Designers

    Martin Summers, Shanna Yates
  • Project Team

    Irena Bedenikovic, Pavel Getov, Debbie Lin, Kristina Loock, David Rindlaub
  • Project Manager

    Kim Groves
  • Structural Engineer

    John A. Martin & Associates
  • Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineer

    IBE Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer

    KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Katherine Spitz Associates
  • Laboratory Consultant

    Research Facilities Design
  • Architectural Lighting

    Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc.
  • Signage And Graphics

    Follis Design
  • Curtain Wall Consultant

    David Van Vokinburg
  • Project Assistants

    Patrick Dunn-Baker with Adam Bressler, Laura Foxman, Brock Hinze, Amy Kwok, Hugo Martinez, Mark McPhie, Barbra Moss, Greg Neudorf, Mike Patterson, Aleksander Tamm-Seitz , Rychiee Espinosa, Jennifer Kasick, Kyle Coburn, Christin To, Sunnie Lau
  • Job Captain

    Salvador Hidalgo
  • Acoustical Engineer

    Martin Newson & Associates, LLC
  • Audio Visual And Telecommunications

    Vantage Technology Consulting Group
  • Vertical Transportation

    Edgett Williams Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Code And Security Consultant

    Schirmer Engineering Corporation
  • Specifications

    Technical Resources Consultants, Inc.
  • Cost Estimator

    Davis Langdon
  • General Contractor

    Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
  • Area

    9290.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009