Julian Kosloff, Director of BKK Architects on finding inspiration in the work of American architect, painter and graphic designer, Andrew Geller.
Recently, we reacquainted ourselves with the work of the modernist architect Andrew Geller.
We were working on conceptual design for a residential project and a discussion took place around what it is we really need, what it is we think we need, and how we might challenge ideas around typical domestic models for living.
Andrew Geller was an American architect, painter and graphic designer, who produced a remarkable body of domestic work along the coastal regions New York, New Jersey and Connecticut during the 1950’s and 60’s.
Beautifully whimsical and abstract, these tiny homes were inventive and playful and acutely aware of the manner in which they were occupied. A bed converts to a storage platform, which in turn becomes a cubby for kids to hide in.
The spaces are intimate, but remarkably undefined. Geller’s houses are unencumbered by preconceived notions of what a house should have, or generic assumptions around use and occupation.
As population continues to grow, alternative domestic models will need to come into play. They will have to be smaller and far more adaptive. Both designer and occupier will need to shift their way of thinking.
Andrew Geller Architectural Archive Preservation Project
By Julian Kosloff
Director of BKK Architects