Albert Angel
ALBERT ANGEL IS A CREATIVE PRACTICE OF PLACEMAKERS.

THE STUDIO

 

ALBERT ANGEL IS A TEAM OF ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS, PLACE-MAKERS AND STORYTELLERS, WHO DESIGN EACH PROJECT AS AN EXPERIENCE. WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO JUST DESIGN BUILDINGS AND SPACES, BUT IT IS NECESSARY THAT STORIES ARE TOLD THAT ECHO THOSE WHO ARE LIVING, WORKING AND USING THEM. THUS, WE ARE INSPIRED BY TOPOGRAPHY, USE PLAY TO MIMIC NATURE OR THE DESIGN OF A CITY, HIGHLIGHT LOCAL CULTURES, PUSH MODULARITY, AWAKEN THE SENSES AND INSPIRE.

Telling stories through architecture and design is at the heart of our practice.
History, nature, the city and local cultures are the main characters. And through the staging of these stories, play is continually renewed.

INSPIRED BY TOPOGRAPHY

For a building to last, become a reference and be adopted, it must be integrated in the nature that surrounds it.

Thus, “The Roots of the Sky”, our project in the Kizingo neighborhood of Mombasa, Kenya explores the idea of natural thresholds to create a building that seems to have been carved into the landscape by the sea and the wind. For our “Urban Oasis”, Le Triangle N’Gor in Dakar Senegal, the triangular shape of the site directly inspired the architecture of the building. The oasis in the center protects the building and is protected by it. This symbiotic relationship resonates with the local surrounds and offers favorable environmental conditions on the edge of The Sahel.

PLAY IMITATES NATURE

For architecture to become the ornament of nature, we must build visual bridges. Thus, the Villa Foix is a house which emerges from the landscape mimicking the nearby stone escarpments of the Pyrenees mountains. The stone walls that wrap around recall the mountainous rock, while the glazed openings comply with views and light optimization. For our facade in the Miami Design District, our aim is to reinterpret the traditional Art Deco forms in a city that showcases it best, as to better integrate it into its urban environment.

HIGHLIGHT LOCAL CULTURE

By understanding the local culture, we are able to integrate and reinvent it without denigrating it, by accepting it as it is. For Onomo hotels, the interior design was conceived as a modular system of adaptable cubes which change scale by program and style by location. This is achieved by applying to the surfaces of the cubes different materials, colors and images inspired by the local context. Thus, every Onomo hotel will be as diverse as Africa yet still feel the same thanks to the use of our system.

AWAKEN THE SENSES AND INSPIRE

Both Kwerk coworking spaces, opened in 2015 and 2016 in Paris, play on the idea of the ​​stage, travel and art to inspire and reveal the creativity of its members. The experience of working is completely redesigned to enhance each process at different times of the day. Everyone is invited by the architecture and design of the spaces to meet each other, interact and collaborate.

Albert Angel

ALBERT ANGEL

With his architecture degree up his sleeve, Albert Angel left Cape Town for New York. He joined Ralph Appelbaum Associates where he worked on museum designs. This first experience developed his love for story telling and contemporary art. It is later under the architect designer Lindy Roy in 1999 on a project with Bruce Mau which enabled him to assert his desires. He will not be simply an architect building buildings. He wants to build yes, but truly global experiences. Thus, it is his passion for planes – a perfect concentration of design, architecture and service – that leads him to LANDOR to rethink the whole universe of Delta Airlines, from their lounges to the cabin.

In 2005, a friend asked him to design a restaurant in the SoHo district of New York. He seized the opportunity and founded the agency that bears his name. His projects are linked worldwide with a strong affinity for Africa, which he knows very well having grown up in the Congo (DRC). His passion for hospitality leads him to realize one of the few boutique hotel & spa in Mauritius, another in Mahé in Seychelles and most recently the design concept of Onomo Hotels that spans across West Africa. And it is in the west of Paris, precisely in Boulogne, that he creates his first coworking space called KWERK. The second space located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris opens and confirms its desire to rethink the workspace as unique experiences to live. More than a workspace to share, KWERK is a place where art is inspiring everywhere.

Albert Angel spends half his time away, elsewhere in airplanes, in other countries with other cultures. Moreover, with an open mind, to never repeat himself, to better understand himself and thus better understand others.

Lawrence Knights

LAWRENCE KNIGHTS

A HEC graduate in marketing and graduate of Sciences Po, Lawrence Knights, began his career by addressing all areas of communication and marketing, from strategy to the organization of the board of companies.

For nearly three years, at Tilder, he specialized in the communication strategy consulting.

In 2008, he moved to New York to establish the office of US consulting firm RLD. There he met Albert Angel. A trip to Bali, encouraged them to work together. They engage in the creation of furniture to be used for the firms projects.

In 2013, they returned to Paris to create Kwerk. Albert, leads the architecture and art direction and Lawrence at the helm of communication, and operational direction.

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PHILLIP THOMAS YOUAKIM

A graduate of Cornell University in New York and the University of New South Wales, Phillip Thomas Youakim is a master storyteller. He served on the Academic Board of the University of Sydney, where he obtained his Master of Architecture. Through seeing all seven continents and with built work on five, his global awareness is in tune with that of the AA team.

Phillip prides himself on instilling hope and restoring order through imagination. His work always infuses elements of play, fun and humor.  His mix of classical techniques with a contemporary multimedia approach to design, makes for a winning combination with Albert Angel.

He joined AA in 2014 as design architect for our ONOMO project. Since then he has worked on Miami Design District, LNC, A Beautiful House and others. Currently, as Project Architect, he is overseeing Villa Foix, Le Triangle N’Gor, Kwerk and the Kings Nightclub.

Elle Kunnos

ELLE KUNNOS

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Denmark, Elle Kunnos is a set and costume designer for theater, art director for film, playwright and designer for architectural projects. For AA, she transforms her knowledge of the stage and its narrative processes into the creation of spaces in the visual and functional experience. Thus, she focuses on projects that receive the public such as restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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KEVIN TEAGUE

A graduate of Columbia University, and fascinated by the elegance of Modernist architecture and the playful aspects of post-modernism, Kevin Teague went to school in Boston and New York. He then joined Daniel Libeskind’s studio where he worked on the plans new World Trade Center and the rehabilitation of Sri Lanka post tsunami and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico post-Katrina. Kevin teaches design in NYC and created 1GOODi, an agency of graphic and web design for startups. He collaborated with Albert Angel since 2006 on architectural projects.

CONTACT

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