KoningEizenberg Architecture: Neighborhood

The Santa Monica-based firm KoningEizenberg was founded in 1982 by Australian architects Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg. The firm describes an “inherent pragmatism” underlying its design process, “driven by tight budgets and a commitment to environmentally responsive design.” It aims to work with clients “to reveal new possibilities for the design of housing and neighborhood places that strengthen community.”

For her Current Work lecture, Eizenberg will discuss projects including:

  • MuseumLab, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a conversion of a historic library to create a maker space, charter middle school, and incubator space for education-oriented nonprofits. The design stripped previous alterations to evoke what the firm describes as a “’lovely ruin’ that evokes local history and highlights the act of discovery.”
  • Pico Branch Library, a new community library for Santa Monica whose interior and exterior common spaces were conceived as a “neighborhood living room.”
  • The Arroyo, which provides affordable family housing, along with community spaces and supportive services, in downtown Santa Monica. The building wraps around a large open-air communal backyard with recreational facilities and picnic areas.
  • University of Melbourne Student Pavilion, designed as part of a multi-firm masterplan responding to the needs of the university’s predominantly commuter student body. The Pavilion offers informal study areas, a library, activity spaces, and food and beverage services.

KoningEizenberg Architecture | The Arroyo, Santa Monica, CA, 2018. Credit: Eric Staudenmaier.
26 February 2020, 19:00
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
10003 New York, NY, USA
The Architectural League