Architecture workshop: SITE Santa Fe explores the work of SHoP Architects
Earlier in the year, New York firm SHoP Architects revealed their plans to update the home of the SITE art centre in Santa Fe to wide acclaim – and now, the cultural space is returning the favour, hosting a comprehensive exhibition of the practice's rich body of work in its current space in New Mexico.
The show, playfully entitled 'WorkSHoP', is a thorough exploration of the firm's design philosophy and approach, working methods and material investigations. This is achieved through several case studies from the architects' growing portfolio of international commissions. The displays include building models, renderings, animated visuals of past and current projects, as well as large-scale plans and material studies.
A virtual augmented reality experience offers visitors a sneak preview to SITE's future plans with SHoP; the building expansion that will update the SITE Santa Fe current home is set to complete in the autumn of 2017.
Working with interdisciplinary methods and with cutting edge fabrication and design technologies, this architecture office is already behind key projects in the US and abroad – such as the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, Manhattan's East River Esplanade, the New Academic Building for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone.
Their new design for SITE Santa Fe – clad in metal that draws on patterns in Native American pottery and rugs – is set to stand out in the global design map in a similar way, creating a dynamic addition to the city, as well as support a strong sense of community and civic engagement locally.
The project is expected to break ground in August 2016.