Benjamin Ball: Spaces Between the Hammer and the Mouse

Architecture Department Fall 2009 Lecture Series

Benjamin Ball is principal and cofounder of Ball-Nogues Studio — an integrated design and fabrication practice that creates experimental built environments to enhance and celebrate the potential for social interaction through sensation, spectacle, and physical engagement. In his current collaboration with Gaston Nogues, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art, and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production. To achieve these results, Ball and Nogues work with unusual materials, develop digital tools, and apply architectural techniques in unorthodox ways. Ball-Nogues Studio’s past projects include installations Feathered Edge, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2009); Echoes Converge for the Venice Biennale (2008); the competition-winning Liquid Sky installation at the P. S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art / MOMA’s Young Architects Program (2007); the exhibition Rip Curl Canyon for Rice Gallery (2007), a commissioned environment for MOCA’s Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture Opening Night Fête (2006); Maximilian’s Schell at Materials & Applications in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood (2005); Copper Droopscape for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (2008); and an installation for the launch of Frank Gehry’s collection for Tiffany & Co. (2006). Recently they completed the interior of Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Ball-Nogues Studio was awarded the best of category distinction for environments for their installation Maximilian’s Schell by ID magazine. Ball-Nogues is the recipient of two Los Angeles AIA Design Awards and Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year award for Rip Curl Canyon. In 2007, they became one of three design teams who were awarded a United States Artists Target Fellowship. Their work has appeared in publications worldwide including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Icon, Log Journal, Sculpture, and Surface.