Abstraction with a traditional typology. House on a slope by Karamuk Kuo

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Design team
Jeannette Kuo, Ünal Karamuk, Andreas Papadantonakis (project leader), Pawel Bejm, Noé Cuendet, Linda Hatava.
Construction Management.- Merkli Degen Architekten.
Structural Engineer.- Ferrari Gartmann.
M+P Engineer.- Wirkungsgrad Ingenieure.
Electrical Engineer.- Kowner.
Building Physics.- EK Energiekonzepte.
695 m².
2017 - 2020.
Zollikon, Switzerland.

Jeannette Kuo, Ünal Karamuk. Karamuk Kuo

Karamuk Kuo was established in 2010 by Jeannette Kuo and Ünal Karamuk who bring their international background and diverse building experiences to their design process. Foregrounding the relationship of space and program, each project is approached with the optimism that architecture is the translation of fresh ideas into reality.

The office works on projects of a range of scales—from spatial installations and exhibitions to complex multi-family housing projects—and is always looking for new creative opportunities. In addition, both partners are committed to intellectual pursuits in design research and have been teaching since 2006 at various universities in the U.S. and Switzerland. Jeannette is currently Assistant Professor in Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Ünal Karamuk studied architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich. In 2002, he studied for an exchange semester at Harvard Graduate School of Design before returning to complete his diploma at the ETH with Professor Christian Kerez. Until 2008 he worked at the New York offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), REX Architecture, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). From 2009 to 2012, he taught at the ETH Zurich Chair of Christian Kerez.

Jeannette Kuo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at U.C.Berkeley (1999), her Master of Architecture with Distinction at Harvard University (2004), and her Master of Advanced Studies at ETH Zurich (2010). After working for Barkow Leibinger Architects in Berlin and Architecture Research Office in New York, she started teaching in 2006 with the Maybeck Teaching Fellowship at UC Berkeley and went on to teach at MIT (2007—2009) and at the EPFL Lausanne (2011—2014). Since 2016, she is Assistant Professor in Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Design.



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