How do you design a workspace that expresses the digital world of flux and virtual reality? Think diaphanously. Or that is how the Brooklyn-based architectural firm Solid Objectives—Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) approached the configuration of new offices in New York City for Logan, a production company involved in commercials, video games, and feature films. “The way we work is very fluid,” says Alexei Tylevich, owner and managing director of Logan. “It's important to have a place that reflects that.”
SO-IL—founded in 2008 by Dutch-trained architect Florian Idenburg and Chinese-born, U.S.-trained architectural partner and wife Jing Liu—responded with a scheme in which nylon scrim plays a dominant role in defining the interior. Idenburg and Liu, who met when they were working at the architecture firm SANAA, have shown a distinct predilection for ethereal, free-form structures. In recent months their K3 for Kukje Gallery in Seoul gained attention with a gray chain-mail carapace enveloping a concrete structure. In May their snakelike temporary white vinyl tent for the Frieze Art Fair in New York garnered more notice. Not surprisingly, when photographer Iwan Baan introduced Idenburg to Tylevich, the two found a commonality of vision: abstract, surreal—and blurry.