Compartes Melrose is a 500sf chocolate shop designed by AAmp Studio for Los Angeles based chocolatier Jonathan Grahm.
Compartes was established in 1950 in LA’s Brentwood neighborhood, where the chocolates are still made by hand today. The newly opened Melrose Place location is the brand’s second retail space, and will serve as the concept store for future growth in other US cities.
Conceptually, the store is centered on the brand’s use of triangles featured in it’s packaging, which is designed by Jonathan himself. Responding to the two entries at the front and rear of the space, the plan is organized around a triangular marble counter. The counter — oriented to the two entries -- peals from the floor to reveal a triangular tiled floor that leads to the feature wall: a graphic explosion of the brand’s colorful chocolate bars, a brass shelved 'star' that alludes to LA's deco past. Brass aside, the space remains entirely black and white to help accentuate the brand's beautifully colored branding.
Located above a banquette made for snacking is a neon sign highlighting the brand’s slogan, “Chocolate is Art!” scripted in the hand of Jonathan himself.
Education Commons transforms a space beneath the bleachers of Franklin Field stadium into a wired, flexible library where students can shift between studying and social networking as they access information over the course of a day.
Conceived as a “lounge-scape,” the space is unified through a suspended acoustic “cloud” that insulates the new library from the distracting cheers of sport fans above. The visual and material continuity extends to the recently developed Shoemaker Green, framed through three majestic brick arched windows.
Andrew served as project architect and designer through design and construction.
The 3,300 sf restaurant has a 50-seat indoor dining area and 30-seat outdoor courtyard. Conceptually, the restaurant is centered around the energy and spectacle of an open kitchen and bar. Natural, handmade ceramics are paired with refined custom light fixtures and metal detailing.
In collaboration with Scott Morris Architects
JSA | FIT Exhibit
Exhibit, Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY. 2013
Andrew served as Project Manger and Project Designer of this 1500sf Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
This proposal ‘grafts’ prevalent urban typologies from its surrounding neighborhoods. As its primary cues, it borrows the courtyard ‘microblock’ of Harvard University to the north, the urban strip ‘block’ expansion of Boston University to the south, and most notably Interstate 90 which dominates the site and connects it to the greater Boston area and extended suburban ‘superblock’ landscape.
At the building scale, this layered sectional diagram is pierced by landscaped ‘wells’ that allow for light, air and internal circulation. An open space network intensifies connections across the site through the introduction of a dialectical and cross-axial insertion of the car-oriented ‘miracle mile’ on the street level and an elevated ‘culture mile’, an undulating pedestrian landscape which spans the site and unifies key public projects.
JSA | Museum Tower Residence
New York, NY, 2012
Andrew served as Project Manger and Project Designer of this 2500sf two-unit conversion in the in MoMA's Museum Tower.
CERPlus re-purposes Rio de Janeiro’s abandoned industrial port to serve as an incubation facility. Agrigultural barges dock into research & industrial facilities in order to integrate intelligence and foster industrial ecology.
With an abundance of natural resources and industrial capabilities, Brazil holds the potential to become a first world nation; however, because it lags globally in higher education facilities, it fails to attain the intellectual rigor needed to help facilitate a more sustainable and efficient integration of its resources.
Before one can integrate resources, however, one must integrate intelligence: cross-fertilizing areas of expertise in agriculture, industry, and business becomes central to the investigation. Exploiting overlaps between the three aids in eliminating the excess or waste of current industrial resources. These overlaps, then, become an area of study that must be fostered, or incubated, in order to both understand and maximize their potential.
With Cory Colman
JSA | NYU
Andrew served as Project Designer of this 18,000sf three-story counseling and tutoring center at New York University.
This LED wall serves as a light ‘cloud’ which softly illuminates an under-lit terrace at dusk. While illuminating, it also plays with the inhabitants’ view of the city through its carvings -- subtly revealing the city, or letting it remain a silhouette through its ghostly facade. At the city scale, seen from the streets below, the carvings spell out the name of the building and reveal the movement of activity behind its figure.