Cole Kazuo Masuno


Cole Kazuo Masuno is a Los Angeles based designer who has received his Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

He is currently working at LOHA, and has co-taught as a teaching assistant for various design studios, visual and applied studies seminars at SCI-Arc. Prior to working at LOHA, Cole worked at award winning offices such as Eric Owen Moss Architects, and FreelandBuck.

Cole is a principal/co-founder of Alterity Studio.

Things Worth Looking At — What Constitutes A Project...︎


Index


2023
AO Air
Jewelry

2023
AO Table
Furniture

Sculpture




Archive
2022
Engaging Excess
Landscape

2021
The Zipper
Building

2021
Multiples
Building

2020
Accumulating Difference
Building

2019
Ubiquitous Difference
Building

2018
Representation As Reality
Building

2021
AI Assemblies
Building

2022
Non-Exhaustive List 
Book Design

2021
Re: Rendering Beaux Arts
Book Design


2020
Gaps & Frays
Image

2021
Image Objects
Image

2021
Image Artifacts
Image

2022
Draw The Line
Drawing



Mark

Cole Kazuo Masuno


Cole Kazuo Masuno is a Los Angeles based designer who has received his Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

He is currently working at LOHA, and has co-taught as a teaching assistant for various design studios, visual and applied studies seminars at SCI-Arc. Prior to working at LOHA, Cole worked at award winning offices such as Eric Owen Moss Architects, and FreelandBuck.

Cole is a principal/co-founder of Alterity Studio.

Things Worth Looking At — What Constitutes A Project...︎

Index


2023
AO Air
Jewelry

2023
AO Table
Furniture

Sculpture



Archive
2022
Engaging Excess
Landscape

2021
The Zipper
Building

2021
Multiples
Building

2020
Accumulating Difference
Building

2019
Ubiquitous Difference
Building

2018
Representation As Reality
Building


2021
Re: Rendering Beaux Arts
Book Design

2022
Artificial Mineralization
Animation

2020
Gaps & Frays
Image

2021
Image Objects
Image


2020
Draw The Line
Drawing



Mark


exterior views

THE ZIPPER

Non-Architectural Generators of Architectural Form

Los Angeles, California
Type: Affordable Housing
Instructor: Eric Owen Moss


Los Angeles has always shared an advocacy for evolving paradigms as a test-site city, and the community of Venice Beach has a history as a testing ground for experimental art and architecture. “anything goes” is a metaphor fit to describe the aesthetic criteria of Los Angeles, one that is in virtue of a non totalizing narrative, where nothing is too precious. While not exclusive to Los Angeles, punk rock embraces a similar disposition, as a musical genre that insists on remodeling its own self-conception, in the pursuit of discovering a new sound. if punk-rock is resistant and nonconformist in nature, what would a non-conformist architecture look like?



zipper diagram

Decline of Western Civiliazation by Penelope Spheeris

The grid in urban planning has been used as a way to neutralize radical, system challenging demands for the democratization of housing into building regulated zones. This project will utilize the zipper as an a-typical, urban planning device as a point of departure, to challenge the gridiron street pattern that was a consequence of state supported action to promote the production of private housing.


closed

open

Similar to a zipper that organizes two sides of a coat, the site is divided, open and closed in a conceptual sense. Symmetry suggests a degree of repetition, but the North and South building components are both the same and different. Here, symmetry can be about both.
elevations
birds eye/worms eye

We are not literally building a zipper. The extrapolation of the zipper as a recognizable object, which is not a conventional topic of urbanism, looks at the properties of the literal zipper, that are no longer literal, but essential to the idea the project.

plans
enlarged plans
unit sections
unit types
chunk sequence 
interrelationship of pieces

sections   
sections

In order to avoid a generic proposition towards affordable housing, this project argues that it is not necessary to concede aesthetics in pursuit of constructability, but rather it insists upon a personal approach to typology. Form and shape will outlive the present constituency of program ideas. Whether housing is a right or not is non negotiable - housing should be a resource that should be available to all, and making that choice is a matter of emphasis.

model photographs

A non-conformist architecture asks us to think of normal associations in a different way, and to resist the careless haste for the commercial priorities of architecture, in pursuit of something much more durable.


model photographs
Mark