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Morphosis

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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Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 15 May, 2018
Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, via Morphosis
via Morphosis

Morphosis has released details of their competition-winning masterplan for Unicorn Island in Chengdu, China. One of four entrants to be successful, including the OMA scheme we covered yesterday, Morphosis were recognized for their “walkable park city interweaving business resources, green infrastructure, and lifestyle” to offer the optimum conditions for both large and small companies to thrive in the Chinese development zone.

As the Chinese economy transitions from a production-based system to one driven by services, the Unicorn island masterplan is an initiative commissioned by the Chengdu government to offer state-of-the-art resources and networks for both start-up firms and so-called “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars.

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OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 14 May, 2018
OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has been announced as one of four firms to win an international competition for the design of Unicorn Island in Chengdu, an “innovative masterplan specifically designed for New Economy companies.” 

As China moves from a production-orientated economy to a knowledge and service-based economy, the masterplan seeks to provide a variety of working and living conditions for both start-up firms and “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars. Along with OMA, the four winners also included Morphosis, who were recognized for their walkable scheme integrating business, green infrastructure, and lifestyle.

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Spotlight: Thom Mayne

08:00 - 19 January, 2018
Spotlight: Thom Mayne, Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan Baan
Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan Baan

The principal architect of LA firm MorphosisThom Mayne (born January 19, 1944) was the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, and is known for his experimental architectural forms, often applying them to significant institutional buildings such as the New York's Cooper Union building, the Emerson College in Los Angeles and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters.

Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan Baan Perot Museum. Image © Iwan Baan Cooper Union Building. Image © Iwan Baan Bill & Melinda Gates Hall. Image © Roland Halbe + 16

Bloomberg Center / Morphosis Architects

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

© Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone © Maris Hutchinson + 40

"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York

15:15 - 13 September, 2017
"Campus of the Digital Age": Cornell Tech Officially Debuts on Roosevelt Island in New York, Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan
Cornell Tech Campus. Image © Iwan Baan

The innovative Cornell Tech campus has officially opened on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Master planned by SOM and featuring buildings and landscapes by Morphosis, Weiss/Manfredi, Handel Architects, and James Corner Field Operations, the campus represents a new vision of a campus for the digital age. Two years after breaking ground in 2015, the campus now houses some of the most environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world.

The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The Bridge / Weiss/Manfredi. Image © Iwan Baan The Bloomberg Center / Morphosis. Image © Matthew Carbone for Morphosis The House / Handel Archtiects. Image © Field Condition + 17

Morphosis' Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech Aims for Net Zero and LEED Platinum Certification

14:15 - 31 May, 2017
Morphosis' Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech Aims for Net Zero and LEED Platinum Certification, Phase 1 of the Cornell Tech campus will open in September. Image © Max Touhey
Phase 1 of the Cornell Tech campus will open in September. Image © Max Touhey

With construction nearing completion ahead of its September opening date, the first building at the new Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island has been dubbed “one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings in the world” by the university, as they revealed their aspirations for the building to reach Net Zero and LEED Platinum status. 

Designed by Morphosis, The Bloomberg Center (named for Emma and Georgina Bloomberg, daughters of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg) will employ a range of strategies including solar power; geothermal ground source heat pumps; a dynamic energy-efficient facade which balances transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation; and an array of smart building technologies that monitor lighting and plug load use, among other metrics.

Phase 1 of the Cornell Tech campus will open in September. Image © Max Touhey Facade in-progres. Image © Morphosis Facade mock-up. Image © Morphosis Geothermal field after drilling wells. Image © Cornell Tech + 5

Interview With Thom Mayne: “I Am a Pragmatic Idealist”

09:30 - 9 May, 2017
Interview With Thom Mayne: “I Am a Pragmatic Idealist”, Emerson College Los Angeles, 2014. Image © Iwan Baan
Emerson College Los Angeles, 2014. Image © Iwan Baan

For many observers, Thom Mayne might easily be considered the most unpredictable personality in architecture. Once labeled the “bad boy of architecture” by critics—a moniker which he has, at times, enthusiastically adopted and even encouraged—Mayne's actions in the architecture world can range from something as responsible as designing one of the United States' most sustainable university campuses to something as outrageous as proposing one of the world's tallest towers in a revered Austrian mountain town. In this interview, the latest from Vladimir Belogolovsky's “City of Ideas” series, Mayne discusses his ideas, his past statements on architecture, and where he thinks the profession will go next. The interview was originally published by the Berlin-based SPEECH Magazine.

Diamond Ranch High School, 2000. Image © Brandon Welling The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2006. Image © Iwan Baan Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, 2014. Image © doublespace photography Four-Towers-in-One competition proposal for Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Morphosis + 34

Thom Mayne, Ando, Kuma & Zumthor Contribute Rooms for "House of Architects" Hotel in Vals

12:00 - 14 February, 2017
Thom Mayne, Ando, Kuma & Zumthor Contribute Rooms for "House of Architects" Hotel in Vals, Morphosis' Stone Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals
Morphosis' Stone Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals

Four top architects – Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor – have been tapped to contribute designs for the new “House of Architects” at the 7132 Hotel in Vals Switzerland. The latest addition to the hotel, The House of Architects features a lobby and entrance also designed by Morphosis Architects, and 7 room designs centered around a single material.

Morphosis' Wood Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals Morphosis' Wood Room 1. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals The new entrance pavilion, designed by Morphosis Architects. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals The 7132 Hotel, with Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals. Image © Global Image Creation – 7132 Hotel, Vals + 16

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

Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto

16:00 - 22 January, 2017
Morphosis, Teeple Architects Among Firms to Lead OCAD University's Expansion in Toronto, OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.
OCAD U's Sharp Centre for Design, designed by Will Alsop. Image via Wikimedia Commons user Taxiarchos228. Licensed under CC-BY-3.0.

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has selected firms Morphosis Architects, Teeple Architects, and Two Row Architect to manage the design and execution of the university’s new Creative City Campus (CCC) expansion project.

The project aims to extend and reinvigorate the campus core along McCaul Street in downtown Toronto and will include approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction, in addition to the renovation of 95,000 square feet of existing campus space.

Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future

14:00 - 18 December, 2016
Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future, Courtesy of University of Houston
Courtesy of University of Houston

Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne has completed a three-semester–long study of Houston’s future, given its current sprawling urban conditions and rapid growth. The project, conducted alongside 21 University of Houston students and faculty members Matt Johnson, Peter Zweig, and Jason Logan, focused on ways of addressing the problems that arise from Houston’s historical lack of zoning in conjunction with the largely unregulated growth of industry and capitalism. These approaches include reinventing the current energy infrastructure, changing real estate and density, and leveraging the lack of zoning to generate new ideas.

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
  • Design Director

    Thom Mayne
  • Project Principal

    Brandon Welling
  • Project Architects

    Aleksander Tamm-Seitz
  • Project Team

    Chris Eskew, Michael Nesbit, Atsushi Sugiuchi
  • Area

    11613.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Foster + Partners, Morphosis, UNStudio Lead List to Design Chinese Eco-Island

15:30 - 10 August, 2016
Foster + Partners, Morphosis, UNStudio Lead List to Design Chinese Eco-Island, The 250 hectare artificial island has already been formed in the Haikou Bay. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow
The 250 hectare artificial island has already been formed in the Haikou Bay. Image © GAO Wenzhonglow

Hainan Airlines Group has announced an international competition between 10 top architecture firms to design the master plan and central buildings of the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island, an island located in Haikou Bay, on the island of Hainan, China. Featuring teams from China, Europe and the United States, the competition calls for the creation of an 250 hectare eco-tourism hub, which will contain housing, hotels, tourist attractions and a port with capacity for two large cruise ships.

SCI-Arc’s Close-up Exhibit Explores the Potential of Digital Technologies on Architectural Detail

12:00 - 14 May, 2016
SCI-Arc’s Close-up Exhibit Explores the Potential of Digital Technologies on Architectural Detail, SCI-Arc's "Close-up" Exhibtion Explores Architectural Detail in an age of digital manufacturing and design. Image © Joshua White
SCI-Arc's "Close-up" Exhibtion Explores Architectural Detail in an age of digital manufacturing and design. Image © Joshua White

SCI-Arc’s “Close-up” exhibition is currently on display at the SCI-Arc gallery, featuring architectural details designed with the use of digital technology by top architects in the field. The exhibit, curated by Hernan Diaz Alonso and David Ruy, seeks to explore the impact of new computational tools not only on large-scale building analysis, but also on the “traditions of tectonic expression” associated with architectural detail.

“Out of the many critical shifts that the discipline has gone through in the last 25 years with the explosion of new technologies and digital means of production, the notion of the construction detail has been largely overlooked,” Diaz Alonso said. “This show attempts to shed light on the subject of tectonic details by employing a fluid and dynamic movement of zooming in and zooming out in the totality of the design.”

The 16 exhibitors include architecture firms like Morphosis, Gehry Partners and UN Studio – see preview images of them all after the break.

By UN Studio. Image © Joshua White By Gehry Partners. Image © Joshua White By P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S. Image © Joshua White By Tom Wiscombe Architecture. Image © Joshua White + 37

This Drone Video of Los Angeles Highlights the City’s Many Murals

09:30 - 25 December, 2015

In this wide-ranging video, drone videographer Ian Wood captures the diversity of the built environment in Los Angeles, featuring architectural gems on equal footing with freeways and freight trains. The buildings and locations featured in the video span over a century of architectural history in LA, and cover the region’s vast geography, including such icons as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Cesar Pelli’s Pacific Design Center, Eric Owen MossStealth building, and Morphosis’ recently completed Emerson College Los Angeles.

But what truly sets this video apart is how it highlights the many murals spread throughout the city. Often utilizing otherwise blank facades facing parking lots and alleys, these murals are nonetheless an integral part of LA’s urban fabric, as illustrated in this video. Sadly though, as Wood notes on the video description, there were many more murals that vanished before he was able to get them on video.

4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park

16:00 - 21 December, 2015
4 Shortlisted to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Oldest Park, AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta
AD Classics: Pershing Square / Ricardo Legorreta + Laurie Olin. Image © Legorreta + Legorreta, photograph by Lourdes Legorreta

Update: The winner of the competition has now been announced!

Four teams have been chosen to move on to the second stage of the Pershing Square Renew competition. Aiming to transform downtown Los Angeles' oldest park, the finalists will now refine their schematic proposals in preparation of a second review in March 2016. The winning scheme will potentially be the five-acre park's sixth iteration, replacing Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin current design that first opened in 1994. 

The four teams and their preliminary ideas, include: 

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. 

© Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects © Morphosis Architects + 11