Ball-Nogues Studio aim to expand the potential of the physically constructed world
Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in the territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself. Ball-Nogues Studio devise proprietary systems of construction, create new fabrication devices, develop custom digital tools, and invent materials with the aim of expanding the potential of the physically constructed world. The Studio share an enthusiasm for the fabrication process as it relates to the built world both physically and poetically by letting the properties, limitations, and economic scenarios associated with a process guide a structure's ultimate form while developing methods to extend the intertwined boundaries of aesthetics, physical performance and lifecycle.
Speculation and execution are inexorably linked in their work; each project demands that they maintain tight control over design and production. As young practitioners, this requires a do-it-yourself ethos. Consequently, they have "designed" their career so they can exploit opportunities to build that are outside the constraints of the conventional architectural milieu. Although their projects are experimental with respect to production, they are far more than prototypes; each directly addresses human occupation by enhancing and celebrating social interaction through sensation, spectacle and physical engagement.
Ball-Nogues has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, including the MOCA; MOMA; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; LACMA; arc en rêve centre d'architecture + Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; the Venice Biennale, the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received three AIA Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition. In 2011, they were one of the Architectural League of New York's Emerging Voices. The partners have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, U.C.L.A., and U.S.C. Their work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, and Sculpture.