P XS is an architecture and research office committed to advancing contemporary design in collaboration with progressive clients. Areas of professional practice include architecture, interiors and landscape. Beginning with a premiated competition entry for housing in Amsterdam, the office has taken particular delight in reorganizing difficult contextual, programmatic, and material constraints to engender design solutions that evince an easy vitality. Assembling and directing a team of allied professionals as appropriate to the immediate challenge, P XS develops each project through an intensive logic culminating in designs that appear at once inevitable and surprising.
In 2002, P XS completed “off-use,” a 1,860 s.f. residence and studio that extends the office's interest in combining the material excesses of mass culture with the speculative discipline of modernism. Nicolai Ouroussoff, former architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, wrote that “what makes the design compelling is its ability to transform a seemingly mundane context into something of beauty,” and that “its sense of social mission lies in its lack of pretension, its openness to new experience, its empathy for everyday life.” In addition to this ability to recharge context and experience, “off-use” typifies the firm’s ambition to develop an appropriate and guiding economy of means for each project in terms of its design as well as its use of relatively inexpensive and often neglected materials. They pride themselves on an ability to employ direct yet inventive organizations to enhance alternative forms of occupation and lifestyle.
P XS conceives each project as a collective endeavor that must successfully resolve the requirements and desires of the client while making a contemporary contribution to the discipline of architecture and design.