HIGHLIGHT: HARIRI & HARIRI

HIGHLIGHT: HARIRI & HARIRI

Hariri & Hariri Architecture is a New York-based multi-disciplinary architecture & design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri. Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture. Their projects run the gamut from luxury residential developments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. Over 30 years of dedication to research and construction of innovative ideas, they have imbued conceptual, residential, commercial and cultural projects with their own unique brand of sensual modernism.

The firm’s work ranges in scale from architecture, master plans and interiors, to product design and furniture. The work also includes research-oriented prototypes such as the Museum of the 21st Century at the National Building Museum (2003–07), Loft of the Future (1999-2000), Cine Experimental Film Center (1999), and The Digital House, which was showcased in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1999. In 2010, Hariri & Hariri’s architectural rendering was included in the “Contemplating the Void” exhibit at the Guggenheim for the 50th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum.

New Canaan House, Connecticut, United States

This project is an addition to and a renovation of a carriage house built around 1900. A study, dining room, and kitchen were added in 1950, and a two-car garage in 1956. The site is a rural two-and-a-half acre parcel, sparsely wooded with a row of trees separating it from the adjacent property. The vernacular architecture of the area is known for its barns, covered bridges, and carriage houses. These vernacular features were analyzed, reinterpreted, and used as the main elements of the house, while the siting and interpenetration of the elements followed the modern cubist ideology of space-making.

Sagaponac House, East Hampton, New York

Since establishing their New York firm in 1986, Cornell-educated sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri have expanded the international architectural dialogue with such forward-thinking designs as a beautifully minimalist residence for the “Houses at Sagaponac” project on Long Island.

Contemporary Muslim Fashions Exhibition, De Young Museum, San Francisco

Deprived of media outlets and information in Albanian language, Albanian families bought satellite dishes. One could pin down with precision the apartments that belonged to Albanians, and that was simply because of the satellite dishes, the white circle looking satellites would hang in their balconies. Very soon the urban landscape turned into a garden of white mushrooms. For Albanians, the city was everywhere where these satellite dishes hanged and private houses were open to the public, but not the city in itself.


Alvand Tower, Tehran, Iran

This office tower is located in the dense urban fabric in the center of Tehran. What makes this 12 story office tower iconic, is its double skin exterior. The inner skin is mostly glass. The outer skin is a shading device made of composite aluminum panels over a steel structure. The pattern chosen for this outer façade is inspired by cosmic symbol and motif of a mandala. This symbol is derived from the Persian belief that intersection between circle and a square is the geometric manifestation of paradise. This geometry is abstracted, repeated and folded on two sides of the outer facade.

Ancram Country Retreat, Columbia County, New York

This recently completed master plan is located on a spectacular 140 acres of land in Columbia County, New York. The master plan includes a Main house, Guesthouse, Gym House, and Utility/ Equipment House and a pool & a vegetable garden. Conceptually the whole project including the main house is designed as a COLLECTION OF VOLUMES or PODS wrapped in IPE wood which are a modern reinterpretation of farm structures, barn & storage sheds one finds on the surrounding farm lands. Just like the old farm structures, the volumes are abstract sculptural forms with walls slanted simulating the swayed barns ready to fall down.

Cape Cod Beach House, Massachusetts

Provincetown is a thin strip of low-rise buildings at the curved tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Only a few steps away from a masterwork of 20th-century architecture by Walter Gropius, this project takes form. This 2400 Sqft. Beach House is located at the far end of the geographically exquisite Provincetown, on a dune facing a salt marsh and a mile-long stone breakwater. It is a two-story structure with 3 bedrooms, loft like living/dining/kitchen areas, large terrace and covered balcony spaces above. The contours and curvature of the land combined with the city’s 23 ft. height limit were used to develop a snug, intimate relationship between the architecture and the site.

Jewels of Salzburg, Austria

Inspired by the defining natural elements of the City of Salzburg, this project takes form. The master plan of this development abstractly mimics the city and becomes the microcosm of the city of Salzburg itself, with the defining mountains and Salzach River flowing through.

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