KieranTimberlake: Inquiry broadly documents the beauty and relevance of KieranTimberlake’s unique and celebrated vision. Each section is a grouping of architectural fragments, each sharing some common theme. The book’s structure is meant to reinforce the position that our work as architects should have extended relevance far beyond the primacy of a single object. In other words, that architecture extends across sites, histories and cultures not as singularities, but as vast interrelated systems that have individual characteristics articulated within the whole. Published by Rizzoli.
Awards: 2013 Philadelphia Design Award Notable Design Book of 2011 by Designers & Books.
Cellophane House™ chronicles the conception, design, assembly and disassembly of a five-story, off-site fabricated home assembled on-site in just 16 days for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008. The book is elegantly detailed with foil-stamping and french flaps, and is printed on a durable 100# text post-consumer paper stock. Self-published and distributed by ORO Editions.
Awards: Merit Award in How Magazine’s In-HOWse Design Annual 2013.
This mailer sent to friends and clients of KieranTimberlake showcases the changing vegetation of green roofs that will naturally occur over time when they are left to contend with the dynamic ecological systems that mother nature creates. Using a series of diagrams created by researchers partaking in a Green Roof Vegetation Study, the card simply situates next to each other two drawings of the exact same roof. On the left is an illustration of the roof vegetation as planted when the building opened, and on the right is an illustration of changes documented when the roof was revisited a number of years later.
The card is a five panel accordion fold featuring green roofs from five different buildings. The back of the card lists every employee at the firm, a gesture that is a tradition of KieranTimberlake's holiday mailers.
As Kira Gould raved in Metropolis Magazine, "It succinctly and exquisitely exhibits the ethics of the firm: it highlights research, commitment to excellence in expression, understanding of how buildings “learn” and change over time. And it celebrates the individuals who make it all possible. I’m keeping this one on my wall."
Situated immediately to the west of Philadelphia's historic City Hall, Dilworth Park occupies a space that has constantly changed over the course of Philadelphia's nearly 350 year history. As part of a renovation that was completed in 2014, a series of six historical panels were installed that outline this rich history.
Each panel focuses on a specific era, ranging from the building of City Hall to the progressive and transformative urban planning that occurred in the 1950's and 1960's. A small map with a key orients the reader to where they are standing in context to history, and large imagery sourced from area libraries and historic archives richly illustrates the text. Three levels of typographic hierarchy are in play here: large headlines that grab the readers attention, a medium sized abstract of each period for commuters who only have a few seconds to spare, and a smaller narrative that allows tourists to learn more about Philadelphia.
For almost three centuries, the Delaware River served as a port for Philadelphia's bustling network of industry. Today, much of the riverfront is in ruin. Piers where cargo ships and ferries once docked sit idle. Power plants and warehouses, not in use for decades, are abandoned. Interstate-95, constructed in the 1960s, has largely cut off the waterfront from the rest of Center City Philadelphia.
In 2011, KieranTimberlake conducted a master plan to pinpoint ways of revitalizing the waterfront for the 21st century. A summery of the findings were then made into a booklet as a tool to educate citizens and policy makers on the plan.
The booklet guides the reader through eight guiding principals of the plan. Illustrating the principals are a series of renderings and diagrams. At the end of the booklet is a large, fold-out map illustrating the entire plan, allowing residents to pinpoint their actual home and see how it interacts with the complete vision.
As part of a full renovation of a residence hall at a Harvard University, KieranTimberlake created eight large-scale sculptural panels to be displayed above historic fireplaces. Each panel has a unique geometric pattern composed out of old keys that were previously used for locks within the residence hall, a sly homage to the history of the building. Keys were glued onto the dark stained panels one by one in KieranTimberlake’s workshop and then installed into the residence hall by the contractor.
Society Hill Towers were designed in 1964 by the award winning architect I.M. Pei. A grouping of three tall residential buildings, they quickly became a landmark fixture of the Philadelphia skyline and played a key role in the redevelopment and renewal of the Society Hill neighborhood in the 1960s.
In designing a new graphic identity for the towers, the goal was to respect this history. The logo is subdued in color, and the form combines the three buildings and their central fountain into a singular unit.
Stone Hall Signage
The interior signage program for Stone Hall at Harvard University was developed alongside a team of architects at KieranTimberlake. The color palette reflects the darkened steel used for the building's detailing, and the signage adheres to all ADA requirements for Massachusetts.
A self authored project, Frisbee Retreat documents an annual vacation taken by my family and a group of our friends prominent within the Frisbee community. The design pairs bold typography with imagery found in my family's photo albums. Small details such as drop caps and page numbers have a circular shape, mimicking the shape of a frisbee.