DREAMLAND | Design + Direct  DREAMLAND is an inventive architecture and design lab and office supported by an aligned and humane working process. Our particular interest is to promote understanding and empathy as the core of pioneering ideas.  We aspire to a future of connected living.Our holistic, design process comes to life at DREAMLAND through our L.A.B. The L.A.B. consists of three interconnected branches: DREAMLAND LEARNING, DREAMLAND ALLIANCE and DREAMLAND BUILDING.


Aspen, Colorado

The New Aspen Art Museum is a Kunstalle located in downtown Aspen. Designed to harmonize with the beauty and mountains of Aspen, five key design components were implemented in this 33,000 square feet museum: The Moving Room Elevator , Grand Staircase, Wooden Screen, Wooden Roof Structure and the Walkable Skylights. The design captures the experience of ascent and descent, similar to the experience of skiing, using locally inspired materials in innovative ways to integrate the connection with the beauty of Aspen. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects. Photography by Michael Moran.


New York, New York

Constructed in 1872, this Landmark Synagogue was damaged by fire in 1998. The restoration retains the original historic Moorish character while meeting contemporary needs. Significant aspects of the restoration are the multicolored stencil patterns (revealed through water damage in the fire), stained glass windows, lighting, the original slate roof, roof crenellations and gold finish on the miniarets. The interior seating layout is reconfigured and a new event hall below grade is created. As Associate for Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (H3).


Hong Kong, China

Selected Finalist for the University of Chicago Business School in Hong Kong Competition. Sited on the historic location of a former prison, on a hilltop with sweeping views of the bay, the design takes advantage of the sloping site. It includes a shaded, open eating and gathering space at the lower level with classrooms above. Spaces in between the buildings are used for gathering. An undulating wood roof canopies all of the interior and exterior spaces below. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


Mountain View, California

This design for a multipurpose building uses a structurally innovative grid shell dome, layered with curved operable screens. The structure covers movable offices, conferences rooms and open areas that allow the flexibility of use for workplace, events and concerts. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects


New York, New York

The Metal Shutter Houses is a residential condominium building with a gallery on the ground floor, located near the Highline in Chelsea, New York City. The simple and extraordinary design of the building captures the historical flavor of Chelsea using reinvented security, roll-up, perforated shutters and 20’ high automated bi-fold doors. The duplex apartments on the interior open fully to the outside allowing for floor through views to the exterior. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects. Photography by: Michael Moran.


Aspen, Colorado

The first design of the Aspen Art Museum, prior to the design of NAAM, was located on an alternate site in Aspen, adjacent to the Courthouse. This design takes advantage of the site slope, and views to the park and plaza. The interior opens up to all views. A separate circular education and administration building links to the main gallery building. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


The Banana-Split Table Series was designed as a layered system of organic, curved tables of various sizes, heights and colors to fit any scale of environment, promote intimacy, and create a painting in space through furniture. Featured locally and internationally at furniture trade shows, the Series evoked instantaneous recognition in the international press and with prominent visual merchandising clients. The series was exhibited in major store windows along Fifth Avenue in New York City. Design, Fabrication, Marketing, Exhibition and Merchandising. With Dreamland.

Macy's, Lord and Taylor NYC Fifth Avenue Windows, Saks Fifth Avenue, Mikasa, Charles Jourdan (NYC Trump Tower Window Display), Sacha London, Steinbachs

Press Articles:
American Magazines: Interior Design, Paper, Visual Merchandising and Store Design, What's New in Building, Display and Design Ideas
Italian Magazines: Interni, Gap Casa
Japanese Magazines/Newspapers: Asahi Shinbun, Our House, Wind, Dream, Fusion Planning
German Magazines: AIT, Arcade, Euwid
French Magazines: Intramuros

International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Designer Saturday, Tokyo Furniture Fair, Visual Merchandising Show


New York, New York

A design proposal for a traveling photography pavilion of the praying mantis inside of its natural habitat, the work of of the artist and photographer, Zana Briski. The pavilion, sited in Central Park, New York City near the Museum of Natural History, features the beauty of the Mantis and educates its wisdom and historically sacred existence, unfolding the wild of nature in an urban condition. The project included a store and a café. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


New York, New York

The American flagship store for Camper Shoes is located on a corner site on Prince Street in Soho, New York City inside of a Landmark District. The exterior of the building has been redesigned with full height sliding doors that open the store to the street for a market experience. The paper tube roof structure reconfigures the flat roof, creating Camper’s ‘House of Shoes’. The main feature of the red and white interior is an angled display wall featuring the shoes inside the brands’ name and from which the entire store design radiates. Depending on the approach to the store from either of two streets, one sees the Camper colors, either a white or a red interior. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects. Photography by: Sánchez y Montoro.


Jackson, Mississippi 

The 400,000 square foot, Leed Certified, Federal Courthouse is made up of two six-story towers which encircle an open air rotunda. Three circulation systems are designed for public, staff and prisoner movement. The public enters via a canopy through a security checkpoint and circulates to the jury selection room, courtrooms, or offices. The exterior landscape, interior design finishes , millwork, historical and artistic references depict the narrative of Jackson, Mississippi. As Associate for  Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (H3)


Paris, France

Canal Plus Headquarters is an L-shaped building adjacent to a public park. The office administration building varies from five to eight stories in height. A studio block consists of four studios. Aerial bridges and a main entry link the various programs and provide access to the park.  As Architectural Designer for Richard Meier. Photography by: Scott Frances.


New York, New York

The Landmark theater, built in 1932 to uplift spirits in the depression, called the ‘showplace of the nation’ was restored in 1999. The Auditorium, Stage, Grand Foyer, Mezzanines, Grand Lounge, Back of House Dressing Rooms and iconic restrooms were revived. The restoration included original interior finishes, furniture restorations and new production and technology systems. As Associate for Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (H3).


Racine, Wisconsin

A master plan and structural design which integrates with the existing Johnson Wax Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. New Buildings house a visitors center, café and an exhibition center for the historic Johnson plane commemorating the early Johnson voyage to South America. Light enters the pavilion through woven steel columns. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


Brooklyn, New York

The Landmark Church was converted into a new middle school by inserting a contemporary freestanding building into the center of the church, like a ‘ship in a bottle’. The Parish Hall was converted into a new dining hall. A new commons circulation link was built to create a cohesive campus, maintaining respect for the architectural integrity of the historic church. As Associate for Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (H3)


Dunbar, Pennsylvania

A reception and wedding event pavilion to support the popularity of Kentuck Knob, a home built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Inspired by nearby trees, the undulating, translucent roof creates a canopy which allows light into the pavilion. The design is completely integrated with the exterior through full height door openings. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects


New Orleans, Louisiana

This 'Make it Right' Affordable Prototype House was built in response to the Katrina Hurricane in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Dictated by the Make it Right Foundation, the project program and sustainability requirements were based on the ‘cradle to cradle’ philosophy. The house design with the familiar typology of the Shotgun Style of New Orleans, opens connections to the exterior and community with a porch and terrace. Prefabricated structural furniture units provide bracing, insulation and storage. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


Jerusalem, Israel 

Invited International Finalist. The National Library of Israel was a competition for the most important civic building to be planned in Israel. As part of a Master Plan for a museum mile and located adjacent to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the Library complex included Research and Study, Education and Culture, Public Areas, Library Operations, Underground Stacks and Parking. The design introduces three zones; a Peace Passage, Star Square and Heritage Hall. The store, auditorium, exhibition spaces and café form a street leading to the library. A site perimeter spiritual wall made of Jerusalem stone hangs from a rooftop domed canopy, symbolic of the Jerusalem hills. The structure for the roof is made up of three religious symbols – Judaism, Islam and Christianity-which are bound together, supported by the entire building. It is an open invitation to peace through scholarship. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


New York, New York

An innovative 72 Room Boutique Hotel design where rooms contain Japanese elements with simple built in millwork and wooden, soaking tubs. The hotel, located in the Meatpacking Chelsea District of New York City, houses a restaurant, bar and spa. Punched openings in an exterior, vertical, translucent screen, provide a modern iconic solution for integrating the facade with neighboring buildings. The screen maintains privacy to rooms on the lower levels and conceals landscaped elements seen via moving shadows behind it. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.


Beverly Hills, California

A house and pool addition to an existing historic, contemporary home. The design is a linked residential campus, created to enjoy outdoor living in a garden. New house program components include a master suite, renovation of the existing house layout, new kitchen, guest room, pool, and outdoor dining. As Director for Shigeru Ban Architects.

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