LIONarchitecture Principal Matthew Teismann was recently published in Fabrications Journal by Taylor & Francis Routledge. This article is titled 'An Emerging International: The Imperial Gaze of the Monster Globe in 1851,' and is the most comprehensive publication to date of Teismann's research into purpose-built viewing apparatus he calls optica. In this featured cover article, Teismann contends that architecture can instantiate being-in-the-world through a hidden architectural allegory that redefines our perception of the built environment. This paper contends that humans' modern conception of the world can be derived and displayed through certain types of architecture - where people come face to face with the world. During the mid-nineteenth century there was an inherent desire to visit these spectacles, a global project embedded within what Peter Sloterdijk calls an ‘architecture of immersion.’Read More
[Kansas City, Missouri]
Summer solstice is here. With this new change in seasons brings another new chapter for LIONarchitecture. Much has changed since our last press release - over a year ago. One of the most exciting updates is that the BadSeed house is now finished construction. Our clients Brooke and Dan have finally moved into the house permanently, and they could not be more proud. Furthermore, PBS featured the BadSeed House in a recent documentary show about urban farming. The show highlights some of the challenges of the project from its inception through completion, and covers many of its design features. In their interviews, Brooke and Dan gave an insight into day-to-day life on the farm and living in the house.
To see the PBS show Feast TV featuring the BadSeed House click here.
For the client's perspective on the BadSeed House, click here.
On April 25, 2017 LIONarchitecture has been restructured into a Limited Liability Company. We will now operate under the name LIONarchitecture, LLC. We have made this change as our firm expands its operations, and the types of projects in which we are involved become more complex. This change allows us to be more engaged with larger projects, while also maintaining a personal relationship with clients.
On March 23, 2016, the client of the BadSeed House in Kansas City Missouri officially moved into their new home. We received the most touching letter from them, Dan and Brooke of Urbavore Farm, shortly afterward. We thought we would share some of that letter.
From the client:
In a few short days I will give birth in this home.
A large tub of water will sit warm & full in the living room. As the sun sets, rises, or shines hot through the vast window walls, my child will come into this world, never knowing the pain & hardship that went into creating this space.
My husband Dan built this home and together we built this farm. Day in & day out we’ve toiled intensely, maniacally, sometimes joyously, but always with such pure intent, such raw emotion, and unwavering dedication.Read More
LIONarchitecture's MadHouse project, completed in late 2015 in Kansas City, was recently published on Arch Daily on February 11, 2016. Arch Daily receives 250,000 daily visits, and over 55,000,000 page views a month.
We are so proud of the MadHouse project. In light of all the struggles, constraints, and difficulties in the execution of the project, we are very happy to see the house recognized for its quality and significance. LIONarchitecture generally, and Charles Vega specifically, has put much time and care into the MadHouse. As such, we wanted to share this moment with you as well....
Matthew Teismann will speak at the 33 Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). The conference will take place July 5-7 at the University of Melbourne. This year's theme is GOLD. Teismann will present his field work 'Architecture Without Origins' in Indonesia for the plenary session 'The Opposite of El Dorado: The Cultural Logic of Urbacide.'
This paper is based on Teismann's fieldwork in Jakarta, Medan, Bawömataluo, and other villages in South Nias in 2014, archival research, and interviews with experts on Bawömataluo and faculty at Universitas Indonesia whose work focuses on the interaction of architecture with socioeconomic politics. Furthermore, it is informed by the few other scholars who have written on South Nias and the omo sebua. Building on Jerome Feldman’s work on the history of the omo sebua, this research moves beyond the frontier of knowledge by indicating the potential role of architecture as the embodiment of sustainable social identity.Read More
In late 2015, students from the Interior and Spatial Design program at the University of Technology Sydney competed to install a piece of public art in Sydney. Sponsored by development company LendLease, the competition's aim was to provide a new piece of art in the emerging Darling Harbour district. Six groups of students submitted wide-ranging designs to fit within a $5000 budget, with the winning design to be built before year's end. Matthew Teismann of LIONarchitecture worked with each group in the development and execution of their respective designs. The winning artwork, titled FLUX Sydney and designed by Eleanor Gibson and Leanne Noh, will be unveiled at a Launch Party this Monday, December 21.Read More
In late November Matthew Teismann will present in Denmark his detailed research on Le Corbusier’s artistic explorations. Part of a larger initiative of LIONarchitecture to become a design strategies firm, this presentation along with others this year are structured to open a dialogue about the nuances of design - independent of time. Through these discussions LIONarchitecture is furthering its commitment to furthering the discourse of design across the world. As such, Teismann was selected to give a presentation titled 'Closed Hands: Disembodiment in Le Corbusier’s Post-War Paintings, which will elucidate the corporeal changes in Le Corbusier's paintings during and immediately after the war.Read More
Harvest is upon us. As the winds of autumn begin to work their way across the prairies of Kansas and into the Kansas City area, we thought this was a good time to present a brief update on the construction of the BadSeed house. As is visible in the photographs, the house is starting to nestle within the landscape. Each of the four sides of the building are submerged in their unique way, with the north facade no longer visible at all. The exterior of the house is nearing completion and the interior spaces are starting to be constructed.
In its own way, in its own time, the house is paradoxically starting to come together - as a ruin. House and landscape are one.
In collaboration with international artist Olga Ziemska, a new public art piece was installed in Cleveland Ohio. Titled Dendrite, the sculpture is located in the historic neighborhood of Tremont and is a bigger than life human head with an exposed brain in the form of a labyrinth.
According to LAND Studio, 'The artwork, installed in December 2013, has two main components, a two-foot-tall concrete sculpture depicting a section of a human head in a thoughtful state and a 16-foot-tall sculptural tree emerging from the head’s flat top. The top of the head, which is designed as a seating area, includes a labyrinth that is flush with its surface. The installation is set on the new outdoor plaza at the reworked intersection of Professor Avenue and West 10th Street and gives a different visual impression from the many vantage points it is viewable from.'
LIONarchitecture worked with Olga in preliminary discussions of the design, and consulted in construction techniques...Read More
In late September Matthew Teismann will present the current state of his research on Architectural Allegory at a conference in Serbia. Titled 'Of Crystals, Mirrors, and Globes,' the presentation will explain how the Monster Globe was a spatial construction of knowledge in the nineteenth century that revealed global ramifications of the modern age. James Wyld’s ambitious scheme to respatialize human perception originates in an equally ambitious Great Exhibition of 1851. Is it possible the Monster Globe is likewise both symptomatic of modern imperialism while also emblematic of a not-yet fully realized global space? What does it mean to indicate a particular design - or architectural form - anticipates a broader social change? Through historical texts, philosophical debates, and architectural provocations, Of Crystals, Mirrors, and Globes develops a global model of cartography, narrative, and spatial conception that redefines perception through a hidden architectural impulse.Read More
On July 7, 2015, LIONarchitecture will commence operations in Australia. Matthew Teismann will open a branch office of LIONarchitecture in Sydney, where the firm plans on extending their architectural integration of space and place to the Australian landscape. Kansas City will remain the primary base of their operations.
In June 2015 Teismann also became a full-time member of the Faculty of Design and Architecture at University of Technology Sydney. While coordinating the third year interior and spatial design program, Teismann will teach design studios and history and theory lecture/seminars.
For more information on the spatial design programs at UTS click here.
Futureless was published in the University of Oregon'sKTISMA - Issue 2: Appropriate Interface on June 1st, 2012. KTISMAjournal is a student run publication at the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture. The journal is meant to serve as afocused forum of discussion about environments; how they are created, imagined, interpreted, presented, and questioned. Each issue of KTISMA is a platform for the conversations within the school to provoke a discourse at large.Read More