The architect as a citizen-thinker-artist-builder

Monday 12 Mar 2012

Miro Rivera discuss their projects addressing both aesthetics and technology

Miró Rivera Architects has emerged as one of the leading new architectural voices in the United States, quietly creating a body of work that exemplifies design excellence and that has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 50 design awards including the 2008 and 2006 AR Emerging Architecture Award in London.

At Miró Rivera, architecture is understood as an endeavor where the realms of ideas, aesthetics and technology intersect. Aware of the role of the architect as a citizen-thinker-artist-builder, MRA aspires to create responsible architecture that responds to its context, addresses basic human needs, is beautifully crafted and has longevity and presence.

With a design inspired by the reeds of its wetland setting, the Pedestrian Bridge (2006) is a light and maintenance-free structure composed of five tubes spanning 100 feet and bound together by ½" rebar. The bars/reeds intertwine at the abutments and "grow" over the bridge, camouflaging it and turning into a symbiotic, almost invisible link.

Floating on a raft-like armature in the middle of the Dead Sea, Yarauvi (unbuilt) is a place where any person-regardless of nationality, race, religion, age or affluence-can be laid to rest. Individual sarcophagi progressively fill the parabolic necropolis, offering a growing monument to tolerance, reconciliation and unity.

Conceived as a sculpture in a park, the Trail Restroom (2007) consists of 49 Corten steel plates arranged along a spine that coils at one end to form the restroom walls. The plates are staggered in plan to control views and to allow for the penetration of light and air.

At Residence 1446 (2009), thick limestone walls guide occupants from the entry through the house to expansive views of the site and lake beyond. Long, horizontal apertures and dramatically-angled rooftops provide sweeping panoramas, while deeply-recessed overhangs offer shade and privacy to this family setting.

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