A unique survey of the projects, products, and processes that define LOT-EK, the firm at the forefront of adapting prefabricated industrial units to create cutting-edge architecture.
LOT-EK is an award-winning architectural design studio based in New York and Naples, Italy. Founded in 1993 by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, LOT-EK has been involved with commercial, institutional, and residential projects globally. In addition, LOT-EK has conceived and executed exhibition design and site-specific installations for major cultural institutions and museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Guggenheim.Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano received Masters Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita? di Napoli, Italy (1989) and post-graduate degrees from Columbia University (1990-1991). Besides heading their professional practice, they also teach at Columbia University?s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York, and have taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?s Graduate Department of Architecture and the Parsons School of Design. They also lecture at major universities and cultural institutions throughout the US and abroad. In December 2011, Ada and Giuseppe were recognized as USA Booth Fellows of Architecture & Design by United States Artists (USA).
"LOT-EK founders Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano show a commitment
to the industrial nonaesthetic with this book-as-manifesto. The
bold type, brash color, and black-and-white photos underscore their
partnership as 'a design practice that believes in being
unoriginal, ugly, and cheap.'"
"The book itself is visually compelling... It closely examines a variety of 21st-century projects, with each example featured on the left-hand page and a detailed photo from their URBANSCAN project on the right-hand page. The result is a book that moves seamlessly between a macro and micro view of their design philosophy as it applies to transforming discarded materials into functional properties."
"Catalogued in LOT-EK: Objects + Operations (The Monacelli Press), the firm's second monograph, are projects composed of upcycled materials-largely the shipping-container works that LOT-EK is known for. Such structures present the possibility that perhaps humanity's discarded innovations can save us from the very problems we created."
"Coursing through it all are wry and wise ideas (high and low, folksy and academic) as well as homages to artists, designers, architects, and novelists on pages made of stiff cardboard-a fitting base for showcasing substantial work with a healthy dose of slapstick in the process."
"Best known for their myriad buildings carved from shipping containers, this long-overdue showcase reveals them as considerably more versatile and eclectic than their shipping-container reputation would indicate. They describe themselves as designers of 'tough beauty.' Think of an architectural version of The Clash. Refined grit and spit. With a sense of humor..."
"More than merely building spaces using unexpected materials, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano are able to draw unimagined elegance from that which the world has flatly deemed 'ugly' ...from residential and commercial spaces to cultural facilities and exhibition halls, they're adored for their ability to produce beauty by focusing on places others don't even see."
-Casa Brutus magazine