Profile of Emilio Ambasz & Associates, headquartered in United States. Four projects submitted by Emilio Ambasz & Associates have been published on Architecture News Plus (ANP).
Founded in 1976, Emilio Ambasz & Associates, Inc. offers a full range of design services including architectural, lighting, landscape, exhibition, graphic and product design. Since its inception the firm has created memorable images for a distinctive roster of international clients.
The firm’s commissions executed for corporations, institutions and private developers, are characterized by a rigorous attention to the client’s aspirations and needs in conjunction with a sensitive response to the site and local practices. This innovative approach to programmatic challenges coupled with strict adherence to schedule and budgetary constraints has resulted in unique designs that have won its clients national and international awards and acclaim.
Such projects as the landmark San Antonio Botanical Conservatory, the Casa de Retiro Espiritual, the Mycal Sanda Cultural Center, the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall, and the Banca dell’Occhio exemplify Emilio Ambasz’ distinctive architectural design sensibility. By completely integrating architecture and the landscape the amount of garden space available for public enjoyment far exceeds that of conventional designs. Natural processes are utilized in ways that maximize the efficient use of energy throughout the buildings while creating enchanting occasions for the enrichment of people’s relationship with the natural environment.
Emilio Ambasz’ distinctive design sensibility is exemplified in all of his projects through the complete integration of architecture and the landscape. This concept of “The Green Over the Gray”, has developed over the course of Mr. Ambasz’ career into a highly adaptive and sophisticated architectural product. In each of the firm’s designs, the inventive use of natural processes to achieve functional and economic performance goals and the experiential richness of the natural environment are meshed into a singular design solution. This comprehensive approach underscores the importance of imparting to the public the value of the natural environment and the poetic potential of architecture while providing a cost-effective “green” solution to the building’s owners.
The San Antonio Botanical Conservatory uses the earth as a container and protector of the plant life, controlling light and heat while opening the roof to the sky with distinctive skylights. With the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall, the landscape steps up the buildings entire facade, creating a serene city park above while naturally protecting the interior from the high temperature and humidity climates. Banca dell’ Occhio is a new 5,000 m² eye bank in Venice-Mestre - Italy, which houses activities related to the latest scientific and medical advances in optic research, including the esteemed EIDON Center for education and ophthalmology. Emilio Ambasz’ proposal for this new centre accomplishes several “green” goals that are important to the success of the Venice-Mestre Hospital’s master plan.