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Since you were a part of the Design Vanguard, what has changed for your firm?
We've built some projects, and have been invited to prestigious exhibitions and project interviews. Most importantly, we have gained recognition that has led to some exciting new work including a wine based project in Argentina, and an experiential learning school in Northern California. Also, we are currently part of the Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt museum—for which we made a large conceptual model for an on-going project in the Central valley of Calif.
How have your design sensibilities changed since that time?
I think a more refined focus on issues of specificity, and locality.
What future goals/plans do you have for your firm?
To survive! Seriously though - we are very interested in the smaller commisions that have allowed us to explore more hybridized conditions, but also interested in making the leap toward larger scale work. We are applying for a Rome Prize Fellowship for next year—so maybe a remote studio.
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Pictured: Akron Houses; Image courtesy Predock_Frane Architects
Architectural Record has kept its eye on Los Angeles-based firm Predock_Frane, featured in the Design Vanguard in 2002. The firm was chosen to be one of six that were part of the Architectural Record-sponsored U.S. pavilion at the 2004 Venice Biennale. As part of the show, titled Transcending Type Predock Frane designed what they called “Acqua Alta”—a spiritual space that used a “pixilated” field of 5,000 nearly invisible filaments to evoke the high-tide water patters of flooding in Venice. The space was meant to encourage contemplation, spirituality, and reflection. And it’s just such contemplative spaces that have given the firm a solid reputation for transformative architecture—welcoming spaces that speak to the soul. Predock Frane’s design, exemplified in their Bodhi Mandala Zen Center in Mexico and the New Family Room for the J. Paul Getty Museum, prove that buildings can be more than functional—they can welcome, and inspire.
John Frane (left), Hadrian Predock
Predock: Harvard GSD, M.Arch, 1993; University of New Mexico, B.A., 1989; Frane: University of Texas at Austin, B.Arch., 1993
Predock: Antoine Predock Architect, 1986–90; Eisenman Architects, 1992; Arquitectonica, 1993–94; Mehrdad Yazdani, 1995–97; Frane: Frank O. Gehry and Associates, 1990–91; Mehrdad Yazdani, 1993–99
Key completed projects:
Montecito Residence, Montecito, Calif., 2000; Frane Residence, Santa Monica, Calif., 1999; Predock_Frane Studios, Santa Monica, 2001; Center of Gravity Foundation Hall for the Bodhi Mandala Zen Center, Jemez Springs, N. Mex., 2002; Greve Residence, Venice Beach, Calif., 2002; Progress Design, Venice Beach, CA 2003; A new family Room for the J. Paul Getty museum 2004
Key current projects:
Detroit 15 Housing Project in Los Angeles; Twin Houses, Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Artist Studios in Venice, Calif.; Wine Resort in Mendoza, Argentina; Experiential learning School in Penn Valley, Calif.; Inn at The French Laundry, in association with Antoine Predock, Yountville, CA.