We Can Work It Out: Architecture + Collaboration
The Highline in New York City, Iwan Baan © 2009 via The Highline
It takes a village to create an architectural masterpiece, at least in theory. Just think of all of the programming, concept sketches, model-building, renderings, etc. involved in the building process—and that’s just in the design office. Of course, you also have to include engineers, builders, politicians, clients, and everyone else that all leave their mark on the final product. With so many professionals involved in the making of architecture is it any wonder that firms have begun to place an even greater emphasis on industry collaboration? Because the only thing better than a building designed by a great firm is the building that was designed by two great firms.
Come on, everybody’s doing it. It seems that even the “starchitects” are giving in to collaboration (okay, maybe not) but famed teams including SANAA, Herzog & De Meuron, and even BIG have been known to team up with other architects, artists, and engineers. Whether they decide to work together out of necessity (god bless local architects) or mutual admiration, these collaborative efforts allow industry leaders to expand their design sensibilities.
Here's a roundup of the best in architecture and collaboration:
WKCDA Xiqu Centre
A collaboration between Bing Thom and Ronald Lu
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Read more about this project on Architizer.
The High Line
A collaboration between James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
New York, New York
Read more about this project here.