League Prize 2014: Geoffrey von Oeyen Design (Lecture)

Geoffrey von Oeyen, Geoffrey von Oeyen Design
Recorded June 24, 2014

Geoffrey von Oeyen is Founder and Principal of Los Angeles-based Geoffrey von Oeyen Design. His work “mediate[s] between the existing and the new with the aim of reframing and redirecting existing views, patterns, and orientations.” Von Oeyen characterizes the relationship within each project as “a dialogue that seeks to reveal essential geometric paradigms.” His practice has several projects in development in California, Texas, Georgia, and Puerto Rico, including the Horizon House and the Case Room, a private study for two attorneys, which are due to begin construction this summer in Malibu, California.

Geoffrey von Oeyen Design is one of the winners of the 2014 Architectural League Prize, one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum — through lectures, an exhibition, and a catalogue — for the exchange of their ideas.

In his League Prize lecture, von Oeyen describes how he leverages geometry to strategically address site, particularly using light and landscape to shape a building’s form. He presents nine projects: the Overlay gallery exhibit; Case Room, a study for two attorneys; Shadow Box Pavilion, a conceptual study on shadows and diffuse light; Pool House, an unbuilt guesthouse on a hillside; Horizon House, an update of a 1960s ranch house in Malibu; Y-House, a family retreat in Marfa, TX; the PIRL canopy that forms an outdoor teaching space; the Resinet Pavilion at the Blue Tape Exhibition, USC; and Casa Dunas, a conceptual design of movement and water flow.