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February 2011
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Topic of the Month: Architect & Artist Collaborate at Guggenheim Museum in NYC

Architectural Firm of the Month:
Andre Kikoski Architect 

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Architectural Firm of the Month: Andre Kikoski Architect

Andre Kikoski 1Andre Kikoski Architect is a Manhattan, NY-based multi-disciplinary design firm that is committed to artistic innovation regardless of budget, genre or client challenge. Our passion for material research, our detail-orientation, and our client-centric approach have won the firm clients in a wide range of categories - from arts and culture to hospitality, from high-end residential to commercial real estate.

The firm has completed: twenty-three luxury town houses, lofts, duplexes and penthouses; twenty-two residential investment buildings and interiors totaling over 1.6 million square feet; seventeen high-end resorts, restaurants and hotels; and ten public and cultural projects including three venues at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The firm is also designing a lighting collection for Swarovski Crystal and a furniture suite for Ligne Roset.

Andre Kikoski AIA, LEED AP, received his Master's degree in Architecture at Harvard University, where he earned Distinctions for Innovation in Design and Technology. Prior to founding Andre Kikoski Architect, he trained in the offices of I.M. Pei, Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman. He was Director of Design and a Senior Associate at Costas Kondylis & Partners.

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Topic of the Month: Architect & Artist Collaborate at Guggenheim Museum in NYC  

Andre Kikoski 2When architect Andre Kikoski was asked to renovate a 1,600 square foot cafeteria space at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, a collaboration with an artist on the project was an appropriate response given the nature of the institution. Visual artist Liam Gillick was chosen and the talents of each were brought together to create a space within the museum that harmoniously reflects the design of this important architectural landmark, and complements its purpose as well.

Kikoski explains, "The project was a much needed improvement to an otherwise undistinguished cafeteria space. We wanted to bring the space more in focus with the experience of the building and we wanted to do it in a way that was very contemporary, and that referred to Frank Lloyd Wright without being derivative."

The speech that Wright gave to museum trustees prior to unveiling his first design in which he spoke about the beauty of the building's shell-like form helped give Kikoski ideas for the space. "We found that by working with some geometry that Wright used in the building, but in a more contemporary way, we could create a kind of language of dynamism and energy that referred to this really active and fun building. Our thought was while the building is about thickness and concrete, our work should be about thinness and technology. If Wright were alive today as a forty-something-year-old architect, what would it be like, and that's how we approached it."

It was Nancy Spector, Chief Curator of the museum, who suggested that Kikoski commission an art piece for the space. "She suggested that it's an opportunity for us to collaborate with an artist, and to really do something that is purposeful and coordinated for the room, which was really a delightful suggestion. Our thought was to nominate Liam Gillick. We were friends before we started collaborating, plus Nancy knows Liam's work because he has pieces in the collection, so we were thrilled to be able to collaborate with him."

"Liam is a really smart and talented artist and he understood what we were after and what we were trying to achieve in our design, which was a sense of dynamism, a sense of energy with our dynamic material palette and curved geometries. We really wanted to work with some of the muted materiality of the building because quite frankly, the Guggenheim Museum is white, there's a little bit of metal and the gray floor, but beyond that, it's very muted. What's really amazing is the way that art really completes the space and the way that art really brings the space to life and the way pieces change in there and the spaces change depending on what is exhibited in it. It's an incredible symbiosis which we think is really so fascinating."

"We wanted to approach that in what we did with Liam, and he was looking at the same ideas but in a different language. Where we were doing swoops and curves in this abstract white material, he was doing pattern coated aluminum planks, he was doing rectilinear. Where we were doing muted colorations of what the architecture of the building is, he was doing vivid, rich saturated colors, and that's what worked so well. The pieces really looked at the same ideas of perspective, of movement, of dynamic energy, and they had completely complementary tonalities of palettes. It was really a pure collaboration about where we saw his work of art coming into our space and then offering our feedback along the criteria that he established for his piece to make it as integrated as possible. It was a great collaboration."

"The biggest challenge in that project was really just wanting to have such a concerted focus on excellence and to have a relentless quest for a perfect resolution of everything. We were very lucky that we had a team of collaborators, a team of fabricators, a team of engineers - everyone on every level of the project was really so committed to this being as perfect and as thoroughly thought through and documented and executed as possible."

"It's an opportunity to really sit and have a piece of art envelop you, and that was very deliberate - to have a piece of art surround you so you can appreciate it from multiple points of view. I would say that this has really inspired us to engage color more actively because of the way that Liam's work perfectly completed the space. It's quite fun to us and I guess now we can say that we've collaborated on a piece that's in the permanent collection as well."

The project was finished in December of 2009. Kikoski adds, "We were really grateful to have the opportunity to do it. Another point that needs to be noted is that for us, we really thought this project made us realize how the Guggenheim is as much a repository of beautiful art and objects as it is also a group of people interested in having really great conversation on the creative process today, and it was the quality of direction and teamwork from the museum that also gave us such a strong understanding of what was possible there and facilitated such a strong final product. So it was really an absolute pleasure."
Helpful Links for Architects

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Architectural Record Continuing Education Center
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Architectural Record Discussion Forums

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CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture
CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit:

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit:

The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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