5 key initiatives by architect and Dezeen Awards choose David Rockwell

New York architect David Rockwell has joined Dezeen Awards 2023 as a choose. Right here, he selects 5 initiatives that greatest replicate his studio’s work.

Architect and designer Rockwell is the founding father of US apply Rockwell Group. He goals for his work to “assist facilitate storytelling, community-building and memory-making”.

“The core worth I attempt to carry to all my work is empathy,” Rockwell informed Dezeen.”I method every determination from the angle of those that will inhabit the areas.”

Tasks spanning “theatre, hospitality and the general public realm”

“Working within the theatre has been an unbelievable coaching floor for strengthening my very own capability for empathy,” stated Rockwell.

“Our work falls into three most important classes: theatre, hospitality and the general public realm,” he continued. “Rockwell Group has been lucky to work throughout a various vary of challenge sorts, from eating places, lodges, colleges and workplaces to museum installations, Broadway units and theatres.”

The New York-based workplace is presently working alongside architectural corporations Ennead Architects and SmithGroup to transform a museum at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC into an instructional constructing for Johns Hopkins College,.

Rockwell Group can be designing a number of eating places in New York Metropolis, together with collaborations with Ethiopian-born Swedish-American chef Marcus Samuelsson and French restauranteur Daniel Boulud, in addition to an outpost for the worldwide Taiwanese restaurant group Din Tai Fung.

Rockwell amongst Dezeen Awards 2023 judges

Dezeen Awards 2023 launched final month in partnership with Bentley Motors. On Tuesday we introduced 5 extra Dezeen Awards judges, together with inside designers Kelly Behun and Martin Brudnizki and designers Lara Lesmes, Jayden Ali and Rooshad Shroff.

Submit your entry earlier than the usual entry deadline on Thursday 1 June. Click on right here for extra entry info.

Learn on to seek out Rockwell’s views on the 5 initiatives that greatest characterize the work of his studio.

Nobu Resort in Barcelona, Spain


“Our work with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa began 29 years in the past once we designed his now iconic restaurant in Tribeca.

“Chef Nobu’s modern cooking, in addition to his origins within the Japanese countryside, impressed an irresistible narrative we obtained to weave into our design.

“All these years later, we’re nonetheless reinventing Nobu – as each a restaurant and lodge model – in cities worldwide. It’s, with out query, one of the vital important collaborations of my profession. “

Mott St ChinaTown DineOutNYC by Rockwell Group

DineOut NYC, New York Metropolis, USA

“We conceived our pro-bono challenge DineOut NYC on the top of the pandemic. Covid-19 had utterly devastated our restaurant business.

“Along with offering over 300 thousand jobs for New Yorkers, I’ve at all times had a powerful private attachment to this sector.

“Designed in collaboration with the NYC Hospitality Alliance, DineOut is an adaptable, modular out of doors eating system. The challenge helped finish our period of isolation by bringing individuals collectively once more and getting eating places again on their toes.

“Design is most significant to me when it fosters group and I really feel like we made an actual affect doing simply that with DineOut NYC.”

Learn extra about DineOut NYC ›

Hayes Theatre by Rockwell Group
Photograph by Paul Warchol

Hayes Theater and Take Me Out, New York Metropolis, USA

“In 2018 we renovated the 100-year-old Hayes Theater, Broadway’s most intimate venue with solely 600 seats.

“Along with instilling the historic area with a contemporary, approachable design vocabulary, we additionally wanted to accommodate the staggering technical calls for of recent productions.

“Final yr we had the possibility to place our work to the check once we designed the units for the revival of Take Me Out on the Hayes. Had the theatre been unable to fulfill our technical wants, I might have had nobody in charge however myself. Fortunately, I used to be a really glad buyer.”

Neuehouse NYC by Rockwell Group

NeueHouse Madison Sq., New York Metropolis, USA

“When it opened 10 years in the past, NeueHouse Madison Sq. was a groundbreaking workspace collective that helped usher in a brand new typology wherein artwork, life, tradition, meals, and work converge seamlessly.

“This sort of convergence has taken on profound new which means in our late-stage pandemic period, wherein individuals are craving bespoke, communal experiences.”

Learn extra about NeueHouse Madison Sq. ›

TED Vancouver by Rockwell Group

TED Theater

“Our moveable TED Theater [for nonprofit foundation TED Talks] is approaching its tenth anniversary this yr and it stays an important experiment within the energy of ephemeral, shared experiences.

“The eye to element remembers everlasting works of structure however its flexibility permits it to adapt and evolve as TED does.”

All photos courtesy of Rockwell Group until said in any other case.

Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen Awards celebrates the world’s greatest structure, interiors and design. Now in its sixth yr, it has turn into the last word accolade for architects and designers throughout the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as a part of a wider collaboration that may see the model work with Dezeen to assist and encourage the following era of design expertise.