Yohannes Bereket

Profession/Position

  • Project Director

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Diploma in Architecture (DipArch)

Professional Associations

  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Languages

  • English
  • Amharic
  • Tigringa

Yohannes Bereket — Director of Residential
(and Special Projects)

Key Data & Biography

Yohannes Bereket studied architecture at the University of Greenwich and subsequently at Oxford Brookes University. He joined Adjaye Associates soon after it was founded in 2000 and worked closely with David Adjaye to realise much of the formative work of the practice. His specific expertise lies with residential work, interiors, pavilions, exhibitions and product design. He leads this area of the practice’s work, while also being key to establishing the rich and varied materials framework that is a testing ground for many of the larger public buildings and civic projects.

Most recently, he has delivered two important London projects - the Marian Goodman Gallery on Golden Square and the Roksanda Ilincic flagship store on Mount Street, which both opened to widespread critical acclaim. Current work includes a number of private residences, several ranges of furniture for Moroso, Knoll and   Sawaya and Moroni and an architectural intervention   into Johannesburg’s Park Station, to create a new community space.

Early projects included a series of houses in London, which established the practice’s reputation and subsequently work on Kensington Palace Gardens in 2001 – a remodeling of a historic penthouse apartment. Other houses have included Twin House in London’s Notting Hill, completed in 2007. 

Most recently, he was project director – from inception through to completion – of a 920m2 private residence in Ghana, delivering both shell and core and the interior fit-out, completed in 2012. He has worked on Carib Way, Port of Spain, Trinidad – an artist’s studio and residence for longtime Adjaye Associates collaborator, Chris Ofili. His projects also include a fishing hut in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and a 630m² house in Hong Kong. The latter  is a large private residence in Kowloon Island, overlooking   the coast.

Other projects include the award winning Idea Stores in London’s Tower Hamlets in 2005 and in 2007, and a viewing lounge for the British Film Institute’s archive in 2007. He has designed and overseen the manufacture and installation of a number of pavilions including Sclera in 2008 at the Southbank Centre, Genesis – for Design Miami in 2011, and the Source at the Liverpool Biennial in 2012.

His experience in product design has involved working closely with manufacturers to develop prototypes, which explore form as well as materials. These include the Monoforms series produced with the Albion Gallery in timber, stone and crystal glass. The Waddesdon Bench at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was a sculptural investigation into the unusual relationship between stability, structure and gravity, while the Star collection for Gaia & Gino, launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2012 is a series of three vessels that are architectural studies in the geometry of paired triangles