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Messana O’Rorke: building blocks

Drawing on examples of their own instantly recognizable minimalist designs, often evoking the work of Donald Judd, renowned architects Messana O’Rorke demonstrate how to create a haven for modern living.

Founded in 1996 by Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke in New York, Messana O’Rorke is renowned for creating spaces of sublime restraint and ethereal beauty. Their process uses a strictly limited palette of materials orchestrated in an architectural language of distilled boxes, blocks and containers that emphasize the qualities of the space itself rather than the things that fill it. The apparent simplicity and serenity of Messana O’Rorke’s creations belie the astonishing richness and variety of experiences they nurture.

The architects’ projects cover a wide range of residential and commercial missions in multiple geographical areas: city, countryside, mountain, desert, coast. Yet even as they adapt their fundamental design vocabulary to respond to differences in program and context, Messana O’Rorke’s signature remains unmistakable in the way they sculpt space and light. Their creations promote both contemplation and invigoration, rest and action. There is no search for theatrical effect, no tortured architectural gymnastics, simply a search for order, clarity and beauty.

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    Messana O’Rorke: building blocks

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    Mayer Rus, Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke

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