STUDIO CADENA

New York, NY

OPEN WALL Rather than a tool for division and discord, we imagine an optimistic intervention that offers refuge, life, and growth—a habitable wall. Envisioned as a shelterbelt and way-station to those crossing, over time, its open framework provides the scaffolding for future life. An unmistakable figure in the desert landscape, the wall welcomes an approach to a linear oasis in a otherwise barren no man’s land. The wall will be there before being something, it will be there after, relentlessly subverting its own purpose to become a destination rather than an arbitrary line - an architectural refuge that helps bind rather than divide.

OPEN WALL

Rather than a tool for division and discord, we imagine an optimistic intervention that offers refuge, life, and growth—a habitable wall. Envisioned as a shelterbelt and way-station to those crossing, over time, its open framework provides the scaffolding for future life. An unmistakable figure in the desert landscape, the wall welcomes an approach to a linear oasis in a otherwise barren no man’s land. The wall will be there before being something, it will be there after, relentlessly subverting its own purpose to become a destination rather than an arbitrary line - an architectural refuge that helps bind rather than divide.

Studio Cadena is an award-winning design and architecture practice interested in engaging contemporary life, the city and its people. We are interested in the real, in designing new and captivating spaces, places and experiences for those who use them. 

The studio is young, yet combines substantial experience in the US and abroad, ranging from high-level strategic planning for cities, to project design on commercial, residential and institutional projects – museums, libraries, private houses, exhibitions, interiors, and furniture. Studio Cadena was founded by Benjamin Cadena and is based in Brooklyn.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Benjamin holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Architecture from the same institution where he was awarded the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and the Matlock Traveling Fellowship. He founded the studio having gained experience working with Rice+Lipka Architects, Stan Allen Architect, WORKac and Atelier Bow-Wow. He co-founded talk20, a series of lectures and public forums organized in cities around the world, has taught studios at Parsons, NYIT and the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting critic at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Princeton University, Cooper Union, U. of Pennsylvania, Parsons, Pratt, NYIT, NJIT, The Institute and Syracuse University.

 

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