AD100 2014 by Alexander Gorlin Architects

AD100 2014

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Whether designing homes, houses of worship, or institutional buildings, Alexander Gorlin believes in ennobling the people who inhabit his spaces. A modernist who cites Le Corbusier as a major influence, the Manhattan architect is known for his streamlined, often glass-and-steel structures that also embody a warmly serene aesthetic. From the recent renovation of Louis Kahn’s Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, New York, to the upcoming restoration and repositioning of Eero Saarinen’s Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, Gorlin’s projects prioritize “human experience, comfort, materiality, and sustainability,” he says. An esteemed curator and scholar, he has written several books, and his latest, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture (Pointed Leaf Press, 2013), explores how the ideas behind ancient mystical teachings can be seen in contemporary design. “I don’t want to represent myself as a residential mystic,” Gorlin says, “but those aspects of Kabbalah that include light and space are parallel to my work.”

Photo: Stephanie Berger

Photo: Stephanie Berger

 


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