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Designs by David Kohn Architects, alphabetical:

Flash, Temporary restaurant, Royal Academy of Arts
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Flash restaurant
photo : Ioana Marinescu

Situated in the West Room of 6 Burlington Gardens, Flash was a temporary restaurant open for three months, closing in January 2009, as part of the season of contemporary arts, GSK Contemporary hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts. David Kohn Architects collaborated with restaurateurs, Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque, illustrator Rory Crichton and fashion designer Giles Deacon on the design.

Our approach made the most of the existing architecture, co-opting its grandness into the project, whilst achieving a light, playful atmosphere. A new timber structure made of stacked art crates was erected between each of the room’s cast iron columns, accentuating their presence and framing the three major windows on the west wall. Each section of wall was divided following Classical rules of composition. The effect was to tighten the proportions of the space lending the interior a more elegant character.

From the outset, there was an interest in trompe l’oeil and Pompeiian wall paintings in which fantastical spaces, populated by dancing figures, gardens and animals, would extend beyond the walls of the interior. Decorative infill panels depicting sinuous plants, birds and animals glimpsed through a felt mesh fence were installed alongside recessed mirrors. The history of the site as the garden of Burlington House was reimagined, alongside a more gritty urban landscape beyond Mayfair.

Modern Art, Contemporary art gallery, London
David Kohn Architects
Modern art gallery London
photo : Ioana Marinescu
Stuart Shave Modern Art
Eastcastle Street, with its generous ground floor showrooms and proximity to Oxford Street’s shops, was once the centre of London’s ragtrade. In the last few years the area has undergone a shift in identity with the departure of clothing manufacturers to the Far East, and the arrival of several East End art galleries.

Stable Acre, New house, Norfolk
David Kohn Architects

Stable Acre
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The project is conceived as an agglomeration of houses from the scale of an aedicule to that of the landscape. The house is entered through two small brick pavilions built within the ruins of a 19th century stable block. Precast concrete aedicules at each door evoke the memories of household Gods and mark the beginning of a sequence houses that grow in scale as one moves through the interior. The largest space, the living room offers wide views back across the garden, past an open hearth, to the newly planted apple orchard and nut grove. The plan of the house has been echoed in the landscape to create rooms of wild grasses, flowers and trees each offering different degrees of remove from the house, to be enjoyed at different times of the day and year.

The contemporary construction and materials complete an, albeit fictional, ruin. The stereotomic elements – brick perimeter, concrete floor, brick pavilions – are overclad by the tectonic elements – the profiled metal roof, crittall glazing and purpleheart cladding, reclaimed from a Thames pier. Consequently the seemingly familiar image of an agricultural barn gives way to a more complex proposition concerned with growth of the house over time.

As of May 2009 the project is on site, due for completion in December 2009.

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David Kohn Architects is a young London-based practice offering a full range of architecture and urban design services. Recent projects by David Kohn Architects include a restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts, which won a D&AD Yellow Pencil Award, a house in Norfolk and an urban design strategy for Deptford in partnership with Design for London.

David Kohn Architects aim to achieve excellence in design through creative dialogue with our clients, consultant teams, contractors and end users. Architectural innovation is cultivated in the office by research into materials, construction techniques and the cultural contexts of each project. David Kohn Architects enjoy the challenge of working to tight budgets and have considerable industry experience of delivering projects on time.

David Kohn studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, New York as a Fulbright Scholar. David Kohn worked for ten years in leading practices including Caruso St John Architects where he was an Associate in charge of the Museum of Childhood and Gagosian Gallery, both of which received RIBA Awards.

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