Archinect - News 2016-09-26T08:27:49-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149968098/bureau-spectacular-s-first-retail-project-is-now-open-in-l-a-s-arts-district Bureau Spectacular's first retail project is now open in L.A.'s Arts District Justine Testado 2016-09-12T18:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-15T23:55:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vuo1u3edq9x3q2hn.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a> etched their mark into Downtown L.A.'s Arts District with the new&nbsp;<a href="https://frankie-us.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frankie</a> flagship store that opened last Friday, celebrating the relaunch of the high-end streetwear label as well as the firm's first retail store design.&nbsp;Frankie founder Kevin Chen worked alongside Jimenez Lai in designing the store. For starters, Lai created the striking graphic novel-like facade on the building's revamped exterior &mdash; but that's where the fun starts.</p><p>Inside, the 2,000 square-foot retail space has a room-within-a-room setup that alludes to Lai's earlier works like the<em>&nbsp;</em>&ldquo;<a href="http://bureau-spectacular.net/99-chairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Speechbuster / 99 Chairs</a>&rdquo; sculpture and the &ldquo;<a href="http://bureau-spectacular.net/the-briefcase-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Briefcase House</a>&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rx/rxbrizn3o9u480f8.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fh/fhsfofn71coro75r.jpg"></p><p>Visitors will encounter one of Bureau Spectacular's Super-Furnitures, described as&nbsp;&ldquo;a structure too small to be a building but too large to simply be a piece of furniture&rdquo;.&nbsp;The nine-piece, 28-foot-long modular staircase is an interactive jigsaw structure that can be assembled into a runway or to provide seating, or disassembled into individual pieces for var...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941806/take-a-look-at-these-installations-from-this-year-s-coachella-festival Take a look at these installations from this year's Coachella Festival Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T18:38:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T00:41:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rhhfw9eui1btzgw0.jpg" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every April, music fans venture in droves to the High Desert outside of Los Angeles for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival &ndash;&nbsp;&nbsp;a veritable rite of spring for the selfie era.</p><p>And, like with any good spring bacchanal, the musical experience is often enhanced through the consumption of substances, licit or otherwise. But while imbibing may help you maintain stamina for the dance floor, it can also ramp up your internal body temperature (likely already elevated by the grueling desert sun).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zf/zfg4z8p31y50bejn.jpg"></p><p>Enter the architects and artists responsible for the latter half of Coachella's proper name. Tasked with designing structures that both shade and visually-entertain, the selected designers are given one of the more unusual &ndash; and fun &ndash; prompts around.</p><p>Here's a look at some of the structures that adorned the Empire Polo Club this year:</p><p><strong>The Tower of Twelve Stories</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular)</em></a></p><p>Described in accompanying texts as a "a cartoonish metropolis of tiny bubble-like spaces populated by ecce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145115150/jimenez-lai-to-create-a-very-large-structure-at-coachella-2016 Jimenez Lai to create "a very large structure" at Coachella 2016 Julia Ingalls 2016-01-06T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:09:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wz073shy3nhpu38f.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Proclaiming that he "want[s] to kiss the earth Kevin Costner style" via <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BAJPWEykLhm/?taken-by=0super" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, Jimenez Lai of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular</a> expressed his joy about being on the same bill as LCD Soundsystem and Ice Cube for this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where he will be building what he describes as "a very large structure."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cp/cprws3qlj2jd1wr1.jpg"></p><p>The festival, which reportedly has attracted 90,000 attendees to each of its dual three-day weekends, has featured art installations by notable architectural studios before, including&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2666240/ball-nogues-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues Studio</a>'s "Pulp Pavilion" in 2015.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m6/m6pglnyad9koad6z.jpg"></p><p>Listen to our conversation with Jimenez in a previous episode of <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>...</p><p></p><p>If the above embed doesn't work, you can listen <a href="https://soundcloud.com/archinect/archinect-sessions-16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131428421/art-architecture-jimenez-lai-s-beachside-lonelyhearts-at-jai-jai-gallery Art + Architecture: Jimenez Lai's 'Beachside Lonelyhearts' at Jai & Jai Gallery Nicholas Korody 2015-07-08T19:35:00-04:00 >2015-09-21T03:44:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/98h560x8bx6z8qdt.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Is there a line between architecture and art?&rdquo; <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/faculty/sylvia_lavin_11.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sylvia Lavin</a>, the influential architecture critic and scholar, asked <a href="http://bureau-spectacular.net" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>, the architect-cum-artist, during a &ldquo;Pillowtalk&rdquo; reopening of his ongoing exhibit at <a href="https://www.jainjai.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jai &amp; Jai Gallery</a> in Los Angeles. It&rsquo;s a question that hovers over the rest of their open conversation, documented in videos posted below, as well as the show itself.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4y/4yg78d5bzynep9ef.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1g/1gvtuouk7yk3anxg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3twcr289rbazs3nu.jpg"></p><p><em>Beachside Lonelyhearts </em>is the name of Lai&rsquo;s immersive art installation, but it also encompasses what could be considered a durational performance or an architectural intervention. In fact, it&rsquo;s a show that seems to inevitably precipitate such reflections about the status and relevance of genre distinctions &ndash; in no small part because of the distinction-defying oeuvres of both the artist and the gallery.&nbsp;</p><p>On the other hand, it&rsquo;s an installation that has the capacity to grip you in its dizzying embrace, initiating a momentary lapse into a near-fugue state as you&rsquo;re overcome by its byzantine array of black lines an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125994868/archinect-to-host-party-book-launch-for-treatise-why-write-alone-at-the-neutra-vdl-saturday-may-2nd Archinect to host party & book launch for "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" at the Neutra VDL Saturday, May 2nd! Justine Testado 2015-04-24T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T22:45:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z09vi8j32jlphcrh.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, May 2! Archinect is heading out to the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles for the "Treatise: Why Write Alone?" West Coast book launch. Archinect, Neutra VDL House, and The Graham Foundation will be co-hosting the event.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d9lm43u9q0ulwwkg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/wejfeupmnjixu418.jpg"></p><p><em>The Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles will be hosting the event. (Photo: David Hartwell</em>)</p><p>Organized by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/90423/bureau-spectacular-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular</a>, "Treatise" is a publication project featuring the collective works of 14 young design offices, who each explore the concept: <em>"Why Write? And why write alone?" </em>"Treatise" originates from Lai's Graham Foundation grant to pursue non-conformist approaches to architecture, and it made its debut as an exhibition in Chicago's Graham Foundation <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118901375/treatise-why-write-alone-to-debut-at-the-graham-foundation-this-friday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in January</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.popupcoffee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cognoscenti Coffee</a> will be serving espresso and espresso-based drinks -- including espresso-based cocktails! Special guests will soon be announced.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/treatise-why-write-alone-book-launch-party-tickets-16715976937" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RSVP now</a></strong>. (The event is free!)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u82mxcjw2tcn9omy.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6g/6g1q9w4nzahxe7id.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5l6tvla8s8muswyy.jpg"><br><em>View of &ldquo;Treatise: Why Write Alone?&rdquo;, 2015, Graham Foundation, Ch...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124454061/chatter-opening-at-the-art-institute-of-chicago-april-11 CHATTER opening at the Art Institute of Chicago - April 11 johnszot 2015-04-04T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T10:10:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8c20bwrkdxcq6l1.jpg" width="514" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is a perpetual conversation between the present and the past, knowing full well that the future is listening. So what happens when this dialogue is influenced by contemporary modes of communication such as texting, Twitter, and Instagram? Chatter: Architecture Talks Back looks at the diverse contemporary methods and approaches wielded by five emerging architects: Bureau Spectacular, Erin Besler, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Formlessfinder, and John Szot Studio.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>CHATTER</em> is opening next weekend (April 11th) at the Art Institute of Chicago with a panel discussion featuring Jimenez Lai (Bureau Spectacular), John Szot, Chris Grimley (over,under), and Kelly Bair.&nbsp;The exhibit also features work from Iker Gil (MAS Studio and MAS Context).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81754889/jimenez-lai-wins-the-inaugural-lisbon-triennale-millennium-bcp-d-but-award Jimenez Lai wins the inaugural Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award Alexander Walter 2013-09-13T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:00:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ss/sspsuz3ph7frmj88.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jimenez Lai continues to take the world by storm: the founder of Chicago-based Bureau Spectacular was announced last night as the winner of the first Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP D&eacute;but Award for architects under 35. The announcement took place at Lisbon&rsquo;s Electricity Museum marking the first day of the opening week of Close, Closer, the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/52560265/jimenez-lai-s-three-little-worlds-now-open-at-the-architecture-foundation Jimenez Lai’s “Three Little Worlds” now open at the Architecture Foundation Alexander Walter 2012-06-27T21:47:00-04:00 >2012-06-29T13:44:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vvl8717sbakhprg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Remember Jimenez Lai's recent Kickstarter project, trying to turn his conceptual project Hefner/Beuys House into a reality at the Architecture Foundation in London? Well, it certainly worked out for him and his Chicago-based architecture practice Bureau Spectacular: the project got funded and the installation Three Little Worlds opened this week, just right on time for the London Festival of Architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See more of the <em>Bureau Spectacular: Three Little Worlds</em> installation in this <a href="http://www.crane.tv/#video/v/211157094429-efe665be/Jimenez-Lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">video</a> on Crane.tv.</p> <p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/43739045/kickstart-hefner-beuys-house-by-jimenez-lai-by-jimenez-lai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstart: Hefner/Beuys House by Jimenez Lai</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/48466444/hefner-beuys-house-by-jimenez-lai-funded" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hefner/Beuys House by Jimenez Lai - FUNDED!</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/11410360/who-needs-walls-and-ceilings-when-you-live-in-a-phalanstery Who Needs Walls And Ceilings When You Live In A Phalanstery le bossman 2011-06-27T17:19:09-04:00 >2011-06-27T19:46:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9v28a0rm7pas2ukh.jpg" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walls are so underutilized, just sitting there holding up the ceiling, while the floor does all the work of supporting everything that we do. Jiminez Lai of the Bureau Spectactular designed the Phalanstery Module, where all surfaces can be occupied. He designed it for a hypothetical zero gravity environment, but it appears to work on earth as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>