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Studio Extension Fuses Traditional Brick with Technicolor Tectonics

 - Jan 15, 2013
References: dmarchitect & contemporist
This studio extension by Marchetto Higgins Stieve makes a striking statement in Hoboken, New Jersey. The approach for this project was not to mimic the older style of the existing brick structure, but rather to juxtapose it with something remarkably different.

The contrast between original and new is certainly considerable with the abstraction of form and the incorporation of very contemporary cladding. Slithering out from the side of the rigid rectangular edifice is an organically curved tentacle that defines the somewhat domed space indoors.

This shape is extruded towards the back of the building but opens up into separate sections with skylights and features a fully fenestrated facade. The skin of this studio extension is speckled with subtly colorful tiles that appear as scaly hexagons across the entire bulbous surface.