Freecell Architecture finds it essential to engage with materials, methods, and structures to solve design problems. We consider the studio to be an open, as in FREE, organism, as in CELL, that absorbs, processes, and grows from outside influences and resources. We strive to make site-specific, three-dimensional constructs that transform and question the use and perception of space, and it is with this formula that we have created installations, residences, and furniture. Our standard is to offer thorough commitment, listen to needs, respond with solutions, understand limitations, and act with timely efficiency. Our devotion comes from the love and satisfaction of completing projects.
Winter 2014 - A loft apartment in progress::
Soho Loft Apartment, spring 2014 completion
The apartment is located within a loft building in the Soho Cast Iron District, built in 1900. The structure reflects the typical configuration of an open facade used to illuminate a columnless interior, where the material innovation of the a cast iron facade allows for rich ornamentation and unprecedented large apertures. Prefabricated in foundries, cast iron was more economical than stone and more slender in mass than wood. This innovation, visible throughout Soho, was historically significant to the commercial development allowing the upper floors to be used as manufacturing lofts.
The building has been a live/work studio since the 1970s. We were asked to clarify the interior with new room layouts and finishes. We repointed and painted the brick bearing wall, added marble and new fixtures to the bathrooms, but the greatest enhancement was adding and enlarging windows. These supplemental windows make the deep interior feel brighter and more open. We look forward to the completion of this project in late spring.
News and Events
April 2014 - John and Christopher Stoddard of ZGF Architects spoke to Mark Gardner's Professional Practice class at Parsons The New School.
January 2014 - Freecell lectured at the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis.
January 2014 - John has the incredible opportunity to be teaching with Michael Webb this semester at the Cooper Union.
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis has announced Freecell as the winner of their urban design-build competition, PXSTL.
We will be lecturing at the College of Design at Iowa State University on October 9, 2013.
We are one of three finalists for PXSTL, a competition exploring the critical role of arts and culture in building vital and dynamic communities. PXSTL is a collaboration between The Pulitzer Foundation and the Sam Fox School at Washington University in Saint Louis.
The Cat Show is on view through July 27, 2013 at White Columns, 320 West 13th St. It features The Cats-in-Residence Program July 12-13 and July 19-20. Photos by Jonathan Grassi HERE.
John is on the panel: "Sketchbook: Architectural Reflections on GCT" at Transit Museum on June 12, 2013.
"Exploring the China Academy of Art" describes Lauren's experience teaching in the campus designed by Amateur Architecture - Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu. The essay can be read on The Architectural League of NY's website.
We will be lecturing at RISD on Thursday, March 14, 2013.