Anderson Anderson Architecture Lecture Recap

Photo by Mikkel Stromstad
Lecture title: Lip Service
October 20, 2010

by Alexandra (Ksana) Kontsevaia

Peter and Mark Anderson formed a new concept by combining their construction background and playfulness that they remember from their childhood years. These combine to create unique experiences, collaboration, and identify new questions. This all comes together by exploring materials and its possibilities.
Their presentation started with showing their PGA Prairie Hopper project. This building design incorporated modular elements that are pre-fabricated and transported onto the site. They believe that architects should work with respect to nature, but also provide shelter. 

In many of their projects, they work collaboratively with students, like Hot Wave Orange and EnormousPlasticRainFlower. Both redefine an understanding of a building, and what the building needs to be. Hot Wave Orange incorporates all features that a house has (heat, water, etc.), but it was not a building. It was a temporary street installation in San Francisco that transformed into a comfortable warm street couch to accommodate drastic temperature change between day and night.
Their innovative projects Sponge Comb and Lip Service combine their need to play with design, and understand structure. They still exhibit playfulness, but also think about our changing climate, and the problems rising with it. Both projects can be viewed in the waterworks exhibit at the BAC’s McCormick Gallery until November 1st.
Sponge Comb is designed to help high flood regions absorb water when the sea level rises up, and to release it once it goes back to normal. Lip Service, an energy collecting tower, on the other hand, explores changing climate by collecting rain water and sun rays. The tongues on the tower respond to the weather and change their position depending on a sunny or rainy day. This energy goes into a central core where it is distributed to the rest of the surrounding buildings.
Anderson Anderson Architecture reminds us how playful architecture can be; with the combination of structural understanding we can create engaging projects that address the world’s problems. Anderson Anderson helps us answer some old question about the changing climate, as well as generate new ones.