The townhouse, a vertical typology, is re-imagined horizontally. An open floor plan challenges conventional divisions of spaces. A gallery-like hall filled with natural light connects the public areas of the home to the private bedrooms, proving to be a refreshing take on the long and dark corridors typical of multi-family projects.
A co-generation plant is re-conceived in order to expand its role as a community contributor within a circular economy. Beyond supplying efficient energy to consumers, the plant also provides its host community with spaces to explore the expanded roles of sustainable urban production and consumption as we aspire towards a world without waste. Heat that would otherwise be exhausted is harvested in year-round greenhouses. Rather than demolishing the existing buildings in order to build new, the existing structures are adapted for re-use. Gargantuan chimneys that once serviced energy production from coal are given a new life as conference rooms that stand tall as relics to their past and simultaneously as beacons of a sustainable future. Teaching kitchens provide space to explore paradigm shifts in the production and consumption of urban agriculture, aiming to inspire change in its context - one that can be understood to be a "food desert" because its residents have limited affordable access to local food producers.
At Rogers Marvel and at Rogers Partners, Idan Naor was an integral member of the design team for the competition as well as for the schematic design drawing set.
Location: Syracuse, NY
Team: Idan Naor with Rogers Marvel and Rogers Partners
Type: Competition (1st place winner)
Employer: Rogers Marvel and Rogers Partners Architects
The off-kilter volumes express different programs hosted within them, while their shifted organization affords terraces for gathering. Each volume is further distinguished by architectural glass detailing.
At Rogers Marvel and Rogers Partners, Idan Naor was not only involved with the design and construction documents phases for this project, but he was also the primary person involved during the construction administration phase overseeing and resolving day-to-day design and technical issues that typically arise during any normal building construction process.
A suspended wood fire. An indoor hammock with a view through an oversized window. Tree canopies. Forest sounds. Modular design with passive principles. An amplified experience of solitary time spent in nature. .
A cabin for the country.
times square office
This “resimercial” project explores a new hybrid typology that mixes commercial space with residential components to create a work environment that feels like home. The open yet intimate spaces provide several opportunities for interaction and collaboration amongst the staff.
Tasked with organizing an efficient office space for a boutique company, the design contrasts contemporary elements with classical detailing, mixing residential details with commercial space allocation. The ceiling is coffered to provide order to the pre-existing cacophony of plumbing lines, mechanical ducts, and structural elements. Each coffer is cove-lit and lined with a distinct moulding profile to reveal a narrative of juxtaposed historical references to those who take notice.
Location: New York, NY
Team: Idan Naor, Shuji Suzumori
Bistu Shein is a proposal for a cultural lounge inside a performing arts center in Washington D.C.
The proposal’s focal point is a light installation that encapsulates the compositional and typographic characteristics of both ancient and modern Hebrew characters.
Split into two strata, the wall panels that line the perimeter of the lounge celebrate musical rhythms. The lower level is defined by horizontally striated hardwood carved to match the rhythmic progression of ‘Bei Mir Bistu Shein’. This simple walking base rhythm serves as a foundation for the upper reaches of the lounge, where 18 musical compositions are stitched together, spanning genres and decades.
Location: Washington D.C.
Team: Idan Naor, Nancy Hou, Josh de Soua (Hou de Sousa), Craig Cook (Archotus)
After careful observation of how the building is being used, its lobby and public spaces are redesigned to better suit its occupants. The overall space is re-organized, circulation is improved, new storefront glazing reduces energy waste, new LED lighting fixtures throughout bring down overall energy loads, the mailroom is upgraded, and the addition of a new ramp increases accessibility.
Size: 172 unit building - renovation of public spaces
Discontent with available options off the shelf, we came up with a simple design for our custom bath vanity including tapered leg and pull details. We also designed the rest of this efficient bathroom.
Type: Furniture; Bathroom Design
“On Monday, April 22 , the city council approved the Climate Mobilization Act, a package of bills and resolutions designed to drastically improve the energy efficiency of New York City. Buildings are front and center to this "New Green Deal" for New York, with green roofs taking the spotlight.” READ THE RECENT DWELL ARTICLE HERE
Beyond providing quality outdoor space, this green roof also reduces building energy usage and costs, mitigates storm water runoff, improves air quality, decreases carbon emission, and encourages urban biodiversity (pollinators!). And it smells nice.