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PHOTOGRAPHY / architecture

Parrish Art Museum. Herzog & de Meuron

Water Mill, NY

photos:  Jian Yong Khoo

Parrish Art Museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron sits in isolation among the meadows – its crisp simple form stands in contrast to the surrounding natural landscape.

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architasters / project by Natalie Donat-Cattin and Jian Yong Khoo. It is a platform for speculation and discussion, functioning as a complementary repository for their design work.