(Ria Al-Ameen, Charlotte Damus, Joey Giaimo, Faisal Kubba, Mitchell May, Monica Mitic, Sara Shemirani, John Sirdevan)
Against the city’s new urbanity, traditional architecture’s ornamental side has become an understated affair; these building details now playing a subsidiary role within the intense cityscape. To bring attention to these delightful accents, we re-present them with the help of the rich exteriors of the Gladstone Hotel. The floor and walls of room 206 provide the canvas for light and shadow to collaborate and display these details anew; presenting intangible and fantastical variations of the brick and stone pieces outside the room’s walls.
Giaimo is an architectural practice working at the intersection of design and heritage conservation. We like the idea that our work starts with the existing. Whether it is the ordinary, the mundane, or the extraordinary, we consider each with a value that must play into the process of design. We invest in the potential of what exists around us and we intend to find a means—through architecture—to reinvigorate these surroundings.