I-Beam Design was officially founded by Suzan Wines and Azin Valy in 1998, though previously, the two partners had collaborated on a variety of architecture, interior design and public art projects and in late 1996 they won the International Open Competition for the redesign of Lt. Petrosino Park in Lower Manhattan.
I-Beam Design is an innovative New York based architecture and design firm whose approach to architecture is based on the principal that space as a fluid medium should be adaptable and responsive to site conditions and inhabitant's needs. We design flexible matrixes that are able to evolve according to changing environmental factors and input from the users. This expansive approach leads to dynamic and playful solutions.
Each project is treated as a unique set of relationships, and the design emerges from an analysis of the parallels between the existing infrastructure, natural and cultural identity of the site. As a result, our projects are always site specific. All architectural elements are designed to efficiently satisfy spatial, functional and programmatic requirements simultaneously.
The built environment is a complex network of interdependent systems whose equilibrium is in a constant state of flux. Our work celebrates the conceptual and experiential potential that chance brings to architecture as we seek to build places that are "alive".
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