Improving the urban mix in Johannesburg to integrate the urban environment. Drivelines Studios by LOT-EK

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Design team
Principals.- Ada Tolla + Giuseppe Lignano. Project Architect.- Sara Valente.
Structural Engineer.- Asakheni + Silman. MEP.- VBK Engineering Systems + ABBINK Consulting. Project Management.- SevenBar Consulting. Architect of record.- Anita du Plessis. Fire.- Drofnets Engineering. Civil.- DG Consulting Engineers.
Propertuity, Johannesburg.
6967.73 m².
Design.- 2014. Completion.- 2017.
Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano. LOT-EK

LOT-EK is a design studio based in New York. Founded in 1993 by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, it has been involved in residential, commercial and institutional projects in the US and abroad, as well as projects for major cultural institutions and museums including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and the MAXXI.

LOT-EK’s founding partners, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, have a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy (1989), and have completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University, New York (1990-1991). They have been in professional practice together since 1993. 

LOT-EK is a unique and award-winning design studio that makes sustainable and soulful architecture through the transformation of industrial and infrastructural objects. Their practice is experimental, ecological, and technological. But they are also mindful, simple, practical, and personal in their approach to each project and each client. 

LOT-EK’s projects have ranged from collaborations and installations with artists; through interiors, townhouses, and houses for families; through cultural projects for such clients as The Whitney Museum of Art and The Guggenheim Museum; through commercial projects for such clients as Puma and Band of Outsiders; to institutional projects for such clients as Google and TK. 

LOT-EK has achieved high visibility in the architecture/design/art world for its sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space through the upcycling of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture.

Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano’s work has received awards and accolades—from the Emerging Voices Forum from the Architecture League of New York to The New York American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards. LOT-EK’s work is in included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

In December 2011, Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recognized as USA Booth Fellows of Architecture & Design by United States Artists (USA).



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