A vibrant Texan practice explores where the indigenous vernacular meets high-tech sustainability
Bercy Chen Studio LP is a design/build architectural firm based in Austin, Texas, founded in 2001 by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen. Thomas is from Belgium while Calvin is from Taiwan by way of Australia. This melange of European and Asian backgrounds inspired by the American landscape has resulted in a unique body of work gradually gaining international recognition.
With an emphasis on innovation, materiality, and craft, Bercy Chen Studio engages the local cultural, environmental, and contextual conditions of the built environment. Sustainability and site sensitivity are implemented through a highly cultivated aesthetic; the projects are an inspiration for those looking for "a poetic shade of green."
The work is greatly influenced by historical precedents of numerous cultures, whether Islamic, Indian, African, or Native American. There is an appreciation for the layering of history, both physically and psychologically. The designs internalize this understanding about nature, climate, and materials, translated to contemporary ways of living and building.
Demonstrating a wide range of scale and typology, the portfolio includes many cultural, residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. The distinctive union of design and construction allows the implementation of creative architectural and engineering solutions within each project. Design-build allows inventive opportunity; custom glazing systems, green-roofs, energy systems, water features, pools, and photovoltaic arrays are designed and built in-house.
Merging innovative sustainable technology with the indigenous vernacular, Bercy Chen Studio creates a holistic approach highlighting both progressive sustainability and aesthetic sensitivity.
Projects include: 1111 East 11th (completed 2008); The East Village (completed 2010); Cascading Creek House (completed 2011); Shore Vista Boat House (completed 2011); Edgeland House (to be completed 2012); Taipei Twin Towers (in development).