s--r  _  shelter  _  expanse

"He brought me out into the expanse; He rescued me for He delighted in me".         _ psalms 18:20

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1/ stations

Our work is a search for the meetings between shelters and expanses.

It is guided by constant mappings of the fundamental spatial issues of our time.


It begins with the land - where contemporary requisites for development and conservation, built and un-built areas must be brought together and resolved in new ways. They must re-define our approach to design.


We address questions relating to how, and how much, land should be covered or uncovered, enclosed or disclosed, internalised or externalised, treated or retreated from.


We look at how the land is used through programmes: often concentrated as stations, stages, or shelters along a path, to create a 'promenade landscape', in an expanse which is thus made possible, as a large vast land now free to be left un-used.

Or the sensitive engagment with the land: whether by the footprint of structures, marks in the ground, or the de-surfacing of landscapes.

Out Into / Sway

Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2015

a basecamp

raising a shelter, a cover

argo's shadow

a knot, a mark

walking out into the plain

a gathering


a light

2/ enclosed / disclosed

In a world of extreme climates and diminishing natural resources, structures must be designed towards performative optimisation.


We aim for 'better basics'. We apply advanced technologies for productive outputs such as renewable energy or digital interactions, in conjunction with parametric modelling for optimisation. Combined with traditional techniques, it emphasises saving, restoration, resiliency.

We concentrate on suitable microclimates based on working with the local climate - shade and humidity, wind and dust, and the filtering of soil/water/air/noise/light pollution.


We wish to promote production over consumption: through creative uses in public open spaces, or by formulating new relationships between services and industry in the city, as part of a workshop 'make culture' (also practiced in our own studio).


Performative qualities are based on communal, social considerations such as education, access to networks, health and wellbeing.

They necessitate the intertwining of architecture and landscape, of the enclosed and disclosed.

A Bridge in an Orchard

agricultural technology, agricultural tradition

common water, on a plain

the city and the region

the perimeter and public grounds

integrated habitats

3/ infields

In a culture looking to re-engage with the outside world, for new ways to come out into the land - we aspire  to construct an open space that acts as a locus amoenus, or a basecamp for a walk.

We wish to present a possibility for a journey, for new resolutions, understandings, interpretations. These open shelters may manifest as ring-like marks in the ground, or an overhead linear light structure. However subtle, they will come to define the character of the surrounding expanse.


We wish to balance a culture searching for content, 'authenticity' and programmes, with one which regards perspectives, gestures and views. This should be evoked through the illumination of potential relationships, balanced in-site.

It is about creating a composition that is almost unseen, as if it was always there, that then changes through time.

(The emphasis in 'landscape' is first on the 'land', which only afterwards enables the 'scape').


These resolved compositions bridge the shelter and the expanse, and enable internal and external, private and public actions.

They look towards relationships between people, and between people and the changing lands they inhabit.

Maquis Square, on a Mountain



urban ecosystem

restoring the mountain topography

the mountain maquis

a view

A Street Production

a walk to the mediterranean,

from a perspective, to a panorama

an infrastructure

a distance, an horizon, a reflection

A Musical Landscape

an incidental composition

an interaction

perfromative uses, by the public

4/ regional cities

In a time of increasing spatial and economic inequality, we must formulate a contemporary spatial social-liberalism.

It is based on a mapping of current 'late-capitalist' gated cities, enclosed by housing and transportation prices.


We must establish new ways of setting out a site beyond its prescribed boundaries, looking at the vast landscape, by delineating new territories.


We seek to re-interpret a regional urbanism for existing middle(-class) cities, where the urban, suburban, rural, and infrastructural are intertwined.


Open, continuous networks, composed of urban ecosystems and activities, should enable the building of communities, and provide access to public spaces and external expanses surrounding.

Vast regional poly-centric, overlapping networks should offer a favourable redistribution of economic opportunities and resources, knowledge spillovers and positive or negative spatial externalities.

This often involves urban and environmental economic modelling. Together, they help to promote a sense of society.

re-culture / re-wild

the oak forest, territorial agriculture

re-wild  _  a possibility for an expanse

re-view  _  a road, a programmed promenade

re-culture  _  the productive land

the janus faced, promenade landscape

5/ expanses external

In the age of Anthropocene, we look for expanses which can be re-made external (to the economy, the culture of the city).


The external quality of the landscape or the horizon not only relates to the human perspective, through use or experience, but is rather a value-onto-itself. It is rooted in the deep ecological value of the place. To reinterpret Leopold, it calls for 'Thinking as an expanse'.

We should therefore design for longer, 'natural' time scales, such as geological dynamics, or recent notions of 're-wilding'.


From this expanse externalised, we can then build views - whether a sheltered long, framed perspective or an 'expanded' wide, open panorama. The external expanse builds a distance to the horizon.

The distance across the land enables new reflections: of the region beyond, or else back towards the internalised city, as a re-viewed perspective.

(Similar to the sculpture of Hercules, looking back towards Vaux les Vicomte, holding the apples of the Hesperides behind his back).

The Mill on the Mountain

an agricultural rite, at the edge of the land

Wild Gardens

an episode in a region, a stage for a view

Viewing the movement of the land

working with geological time


a dynamic policy

6/ the states of the land

In a geo-political region subject to spatial injustices, drastic political transformations, and threats to social-liberal agendas, we study the possibilities of present spatial public policies, of territorial planning today. Namely, to reconcile between public and private agents, between global city(-states) and the nation-state, between neighbouring nations.

It is not a question of scale, but an on-going, ever-evolving understanding of the future of the nation-state as a humanistic, democratic, modernist project.

It should ultimately lead to a more equitable, just, fair space.


Our work deals specifically with pressing, contemporary issues in Israel. We explore them through 'archeological' mappings of the territory, its edges, its outlands, and beyond; through research of territorial agriculture; or 'spatial religion' (acknowledging the persisting relevance of tradition today, as in sacred sites or rural rites).


The bridging of shelters and expanses, is therefore the braiding of performative, structural, spatial design methodologies, to an approach which is always regional, political, historical, mythical.

Policies of a Plan

parameters  _  degrees of development and conservation

Between Two States

Looking at the land

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