David Rockwell: the architect and designer's career in pictures

From hotels to playgrounds and the backdrop for the Oscars
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David Rockwell, The Academy Awards set design  (2010)

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David Rockwell, The Academy Awards set design  (2010)

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Main stairs

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Reception

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Signature guest room

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Restaurant

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David Rockwell, Hall of Fragments (2008), Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Italy

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David Rockwell, Hall of Fragments (2008), Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Italy

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Woodward Restaurant

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Woodward Restaurant

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David Rockwell, The Walt Disney Family Foundation Museum (2009), San Francisco, USA

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David Rockwell, The Walt Disney Family Foundation Museum (2009), San Francisco, USA

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David Rockwell, The Walt Disney Family Foundation Museum (2009), San Francisco, USA

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Lobby

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Lobby

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David Rockwell, JetBlue Terminal (2008), New York, USA

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David Rockwell, JetBlue Terminal (2008), New York, USA

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The Chandelier

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The Chandelier

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The Chandelier

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Sushi Bar

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Lounge

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Dining room

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Dining area

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Guest room

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Elevator detail

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Guest room with rotating valet

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One bedroom apartment

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Guest room with rotating valet

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Salami Station

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Pastry Station

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In a career spanning over 20 years, architect and designer David Rockwell, CEO of Rockwell Group, has been responsible for projects varying from hospitals and hotels to set designs for some of the worlds most prestigious theatrical events.

The design of the Hollywood Kodak Theatre (2001) - part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - reflects the drama and finery of the stars it plays host to on Oscar night. Guests are greeted by a massive sculptural curtain of crushed glass and crystal, and inside, balconies are cast glass and ceilings host swirling, silver-leaf latticework.

At the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 Rockwell Group's LAB designed the entrance installation which evolved in response to the position, movement and density of visitors and included iconic scenes from The Wizard of Oz (1939), 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Fountainhead (1949) among others. The Hall of Fragments introduced visitors to the theme of the biennale, creating an immersive digital environment.

'We want the guests to connect to our projects visually' says Rockwell, 'but our overarching goal is to create spaces that engage all the senses, and encourage connections to the environment and between the people within those environments.'

 

Read the interview with David Rockwell for more on how his approach to architecture has changed over the years and what for him constitutes good design.


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