Builds outside the box
Mon Feb 03 2020 15:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Build it and they will come? Not causal enough for Chris Mercier. Architect and Founder of (fer) studio in Inglewood, CA, Chris takes a “multi-purposeful” approach to architecture. One that’s downright sensible, yet visionary.
What would you expect from someone who has worked alongside the likes of Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind? And, on some of the industry’s most respected projects, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.
The name, (fer) deftly describes Chris’ mission, and the value he assigns to holistic thinking. (fer) stands for form, environment, and research. These three elements serve as guiding response mechanisms, from discovery stages and throughout the design process. They give deference to environmental conditions, and historic and social contexts, while factoring clients’ needs and desires. Architecture and surroundings are fluid, each a space of the other. This is also Chris’ blueprint for the reformation of entire communities.