Najjar & Najjar

Wien | Since 1999

Najjar & Najjar
Seidelgasse 41/5a, 1030 Wien, Austria
Phone +43 1 595 34 08
Fax +43 1 718 08 33

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Najjar & Najjar

Profile

Brothers Karim and Rames Najjar set up their practice in Vienna in 1999, and since then have executed range of designs from naval architecture to commercial buildings, to villas and their beloved ÔÇśresearchÔÇÖ projects. It is easy to see them as brothers constantly playing wit structures and forms, and their built work exudes an energetic enthusiasm for stretching angles and refining elements. There is something, too, of the fascination with natural forms. They might as easily tae on the shape and movement of a jellyfish as an insectoidal form, and then add elegant rhythmic fenestration, a series of supports that from a distance resembles an exoskeleton, all hard shell underpinned with a more delicate arrangement.

Karim and Rames also have a penchant for sharp, obtuse angles that convey a real sense of dynamism. It is no surprise then to see their sleek design of narrow, pointed profiles for yachts that seem much more about speed, a smooth arrow darting through the water, as about luxurious interiors. That fascination in movement is indulged in their research to which they dedicate a significant portion of their time and energy, and their experimentation with that they place under the rubric ÔÇśkinematic structuresÔÇś. (Phyllis Richardson)

Awards

2008
landing stage and world heritage centre
Krems-Stein an der Donau / Austria
1.price

Bruckner Private University, Academy of Music
Linz / Austria
Awarded

LIIC London International Creative competition
Honorable mentioned

2007
"best architects 07" - Germany
award winner

2006
Betriebsgeb├Ąude Firma Prangl - Austria
2nd prize

2005
Cabel Station "Galzig Bahn" St.Anton - Austria
2nd place

2004
"Skywalk Spittelau" Fu├čg├Ąngerbr├╝cke Wien, Wettbewerb 2004
Nachr├╝cker

2002
Aluminium Architecture Award - Austria
1st prize

2001
Nationalpark Center Thayatal - Austria
1st place

2000
"Inszenierung einer Landschaft" Nationalpark Thayatal - Austria
1st place

1999
"Semperit Forschungszentrum" - Austria
1st place

1998
"Haus Bach" invited competition - Austria
1st place

1997
"composite construction" - Austria
1st place

1995
"Urban Dwelling" - Schinkenchiku-Sha Tokyo, Japan
2nd place

"Urban Threshold" - Takiron Tokyo, Japan
honorable mention

Exhibitions

2006
ODC at the MIPIM in Cannes 13-16 March 2007
Palais des Festivals et des Congr├Ęs
Esplanade Georges Pomidou-La Croisette Cannes, Frankreichss

2004
MAK Center / Los Angeles
contribution 03.10.2004

"reserve der form"
Kunsthaus Wien 27.08-14.10.2004

2003
"the sphere of bodies / the architecture of spheres"
Ningyo-cho, Tokyo

"1st International Architecture Biennale"
Rotterdam

"architecture an aesthetic organisation"
Kunsthaus Muerzzuschlag, Austria

2002
"kinematic Space"
Galerie Aedes, Berlin

Research & Development

Research and Development is a vital ingredient for the practice and a balance between experimental and real projects is kept in order to remain at the cutting-edge of the field.

Double curved Aluminium Facades
Our office was charged by the aluminium products industry (the companies: Alsphere, Pinical and SFL) with the task to develop a double curved fa├žade from extruded metal elements, to be adapted from the ship building method of design and production. An aluminium fa├žade system was developed to satisfy the aesthetic, structural, thermal and economical aspects required.The application of this innovative technology on several objects, lead to the award of the renown Austrian Aluminium Architecture Award 2003.

Kinematic Structures
Development of kinematic constructions that enables to transform spatial bodies from an initial state to another by induced translation.

Floating Structures 2005-2007
Research and development of floating sea structures. Adaptation of off-shore structures of oil industries.