From museums to galleries and university campuses to libraries, the practice’s civic buildings are defined by their ability to develop new typologies and to engage communities. Generating a discourse of public encounter,
the buildings dissolve barriers and encourage permeability, while accommodating difference and inspiring an active negotiation of space.
Retail & Commercial
The practice has broad retail and commercial experience ranging from banking to hospitality and offices to fashion. The approach can be defined by an ability to translate brands into space and to enhance possibilities for social interaction. At the core of this work is an ability to engage with clients and to offer them options which are both creatively ambitious and commercially competitive.
The coterminous expression of the spatial, political, cultural, and social dimension is
the essence of the practice’s masterplanning projects and urban interventions. It presents the ultimate flexible methodology – a multi-nodal inquiry – that works at every scale.
Adjaye Associates’ earliest work comprised
a series of residences, domestic spaces and studios for artists, mainly in London’s East End. These projects were a reconceptualisation of
the lived-in environment and explored the relationship between private space and the
city. The houses also offered the opportunity
to experiment with form, natural light and materials in ways which were formative to the evolution of the practice. More recently, Adjaye Associates has been engaged in the design of larger scale projects – such as social housing and mixed-use developments – alongside a continued growing portfolio of private houses, villas and apartments for individuals.
David Adjaye has always sought to cross creative platforms, collaborating with artists and designers from different disciplines and focusing on the creative discourse surrounding the act
of making things. It is the dialogue – the cultural intersection - which is critical. It is this instinct that has been recognised by the art world,
and which makes the collaborations with artists and curators so engaging.
Research & Exhibitions
David Adjaye is widely seen as a role model
for future generations. He participates in exhibitions, lectures, symposia, publishing projects and television. The research arm
of the practice is vital to the creative discourse that drives its built work. While every individual project has unique qualities, it is the practice’s research that provides an overarching framework for experimentation, reflection and theoretical connections. This philosophical curve is an essential context for challenging typographies, engaging with historical references and offering a fresh approach to the contemporary condition and its future trajectories.
David Adjaye has a diverse portfolio of furniture and products that encompasses bespoke pieces as well as production furniture for Knoll, Sawaya and Moroni and Moroso. Referencing the concerns of the buildings and the research, the furniture designs are a critical part of the practice’s work, providing a testing ground for form and materials. While the buildings can take a number of years to realise, furniture conversely enjoys a much faster timeline and as such, this work powerfully articulates specific moments within the wider trajectory of the practice’s work.