Form4 Architecture’s International Design Presence Extends to Berlin

Bay Area Firm Extensively Involved in Globally Acclaimed Awards Program


From L-R: Campus X located in Silicon Valley (Image courtesy of Form4 Architecture); John Marx, AIA, of Form4 Architecture (Photo: Vicki Thompson); Luminous Moon-Gate: Taichung City Cultural Center located in Taiwan (Image courtesy of Form4 Architecture). Click here for high-resolution images.

SAN FRANCISCO: Form4 Architecture’s global design presence extends to the 10th Annual World Architecture Festival (WAF), an internationally recognized competition that brings together the world’s top architecture and interior design professionals.  John Marx, AIA, Form4’s Co-Founding Chief Creative Officer, will chair the judging panel for the “Special Prize: Best Use of Colour” category of the competition.  On November 18, 2017, Marx will discuss “Performative Architecture – Social Ritual and Public Space” on WAF’s Festival Hall Stage.  The panel discussion will be presented along with Will Alsop, OBE, RA, Director of ALL DESIGN, an interdisciplinary design practice with offices in London and China.  Through his liaisons with both the World Architecture Festival and The Burning Man Project, Marx will also introduce fellow collaborator and keynote speaker for the festival, Kim Cook, Burning Man’s Director of Art & Civic Engagement.

“The Burning Man Project’s unrivaled commitment to the arts directly aligns with Form4 Architecture’s belief in work that is poetic, vibrant, and dynamic,” Marx says.  “We are honored to be recognized among the world’s most distinguished architectural talent, and to participate in this monumental celebration and cultural exchange.”

As an award finalist himself, Marx will present two of the firm’s projects—Campus X in California and Luminous Moon-Gate in Taiwan— which were shortlisted by the awards program.  Finalists will present their designs live in Germany at the Arena Berlin to industry delegates and an international jury November 15-16, 2017.  Winners will be announced at an evening gala November 17, 2017.  These honors add to the more than 100 accolades achieved by the firm from 2015 to present, including the firm’s recognition as this year’s American Prize for Architecture Laureates by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Campus X, a 3,000,000-square-foot mixed-use corporate complex, was shortlisted in the “Office – Future Projects” category.  Located in the Silicon Valley technology epicenter of Santa Clara, CA, the complex comprises four V-shaped buildings evocative of futuristic boomerangs, each providing an open courtyard space filled with public amenities and outdoor opportunities.  Two pedestrian ramps, which intend to inspire awe, reduce the building’s scale, and invite guests inward, rise on the east side of the site and converge toward its center.

Luminous Moon-Gate: Taichung City Cultural Center, a public library, fine arts museum, and urban park located on the northern end of Taichung Gateway Park in Taiwan, was shortlisted in the “Competition Entries – Future Projects” category.  The library and museum, a vertical and horizontal oval, respectively, act as both cultural landmark and entrance to the greater park.  Each oval’s axes point visitors toward the park, with the library sitting on an axis that extends toward the city.  High-efficiency photovoltaic panels, installed on top of the library and museum, take advantage of the large surface area exposed to the sun.

Form4 Architecture believes architecture is the art of giving form to ideas.  In 2017, the firm was named winner of the American Prize for Architecture, also known as The Louis H. Sullivan Award, by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  Form4 creates formal expressions that are not only poetically moving and conceptually thoughtful, but also reflective of the client’s values and goals.  As collaborative partners in the design process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, Paul Ferro, AIA, and James Tefend—are personally involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision.  Since 1999, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.