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  • Alvin HUANG.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Alvin Huang is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture.

    lecture: Alvin HUANG, “Coincidence | Incidence | Interference: Exploratory Practice and Moiré.”
    Wednesday, 01/22
    6.00 p.m. / Gin D. Wong Conference Center
    USC School of Architecture

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  • SDA, PURE Tension.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), the forward-thinking Los Angeles-based architecture firm led by architect and USC professor, Alvin Huang, has recently won an international competition to design a rapidly deployable pavilion to showcase Volvo’s new plug-in electric hybrid, the V60.

    Volvo’s “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition, organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN, called for an innovative and original design for a temporary pavilion that expressed a “strong and creative identity” to showcase the car at fairs and open air presentations in Italian squares.

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  • Taichung City Cultural Center
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    “Cultural Ascent” is a design proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center that merges the programs of a public library, fine arts museum, and city park into an iconic contemporary architectural landmark. The architectural intent of the building is to augment its programmatic contents by creating gradient spatial conditions through sectional movement, while utilizing variable façade patterning and articulation to register varying programmatic conditions.

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  • Tensioned Relaxations
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA): Tensioned Relaxations is series of temporary and rapidly deployable outdoor structures that aspire to reinvent the typical street fair tent through their combination of dynamic form, variable configurations, and optical effects. Each structure is highlighted by a uniquely sensual and continuous form composed of a tensioned HDPE Mesh skin with bespoke artwork by the talented roster of urban artists at SA Studios / SA-UP Collective and a perimeter ring made of fibreglass rod.

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  • Daegu Gosan Public Library
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Synthesis Design + Architecture (alvin HUANG): The proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library challenges the conventional understanding of the spatial and social experience of a public library as a series of discrete reading rooms with defined thresholds and cluttered stacks. We propose an intelligent, open, and integrated library experience which supersedes the media storage methods of the past and changes the library space into a hybrid environment through ubiquitous information resources, integrated furnishings and active communal social spaces.

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  • Keelung International Harbor Terminal, Keelung, Taiwan
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project

    Synthesis Design + Architecture: Inspired by the geometric patterns of Taiwanese Hen Cages and the structural shells of luxury racing yachts, the building takes shape in a dynamic gradient form that transitions from exo-skin to exo-skeleton in response to programmatic content as well as performative requirements. Thus, what appears to be formal expression, is actually “informed form” which responds to the integration of weather, urban context, program, circulation, and sustainability through integrated design responses that inform the building orientation, spatial layout, façade design, and choice of material and structural system.

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  • American Cement Building Studio Tour
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Synthesis Design + Architecture invites you into their home, the iconic modernist American Cement Building, for a studio tour and reception hosted by The Architects Newspaper. Other participating offices include: DRDS, Kelly Architects, Platform for Architecture + Research, Stayner Architecture, Studio Bonner, VA Design and WROAD.

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    American Cement Building Studio Tour
    Thursday, 06/21
    7.00 – 9.00pm
    The American Cement Building
    2404 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90057

  • Chelsea Workspace
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    Synthesis Design + Architecture – www.synthesis-dna.com
    Team: Alvin Huang (Principal), David O. Wolthers, Thomas T. Jensen, Jurgen Strohmeyer.

    sP: Describe your project.

    Synthesis Design + Architecture: This home office for a private personal investment advisor responds to the clients brief of a discrete yet sculptural design solution for a home office by conceptually draping a dynamic surface over an orthogonal arrangement of the required home office elements including a work desk, storage units, printer, paper shredder, etc.

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