Earlier this year, we became intrigued with Brooklyn-based Aybars Asci after spotting his Liquid Forms concrete tile collaboration with KAZA Concrete at ICFF. So, we reached out and asked him to do a Friday Five for us, and luckily, he agreed. Asci attended Columbia University earning a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design and has spent the last 20 years as a practicing architect working in both New York and London, on projects that span the globe. The president and founder of Efficiency Lab for Architecture is also an inventor (he holds a U.S. patent!), educator (he teaches seminars and studios in various topics at The City College of New York, Cornell University, Pratt Institute, and Northeastern University), and environmentalist (he’s a certified Passive House Designer and a certified LEED AP BD+C professional). Therefore it’s no surprise that his work has won awards and continues to be widely published. Here, he shares five things he loves.
1. Linear Spaces
I grew up in a small coastal town in Turkey. It had a jetty that stretched half a mile out into the Marmara Sea. Memories of my teenage years are anchored on that jetty, walking back and forth, and again, and again, swinging like a pendulum. Maybe because of that, I always like linear public spaces – they do not give you any choices.
2. Triangle House
My father built this house the year I was born. It had its quirks, like the leaning walls in the bedrooms, or the wobbling cantilever floors. We used to go up and lay on the roof like a chaise lounge – and watch the stars. We called it the triangle house. My first initiation to architecture started here.
I have been playing the classical guitar for over 30 years. Beyond its beautiful timbre and colors, it showed me early in life that talent plays only a part in the making of art, it is dedication, discipline and hard work that makes the rest.
Brooklyn Academy of Music is my favorite venue. I saw the most moving performances of my life including Robert Wilson & Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach. Mesmerizing….
5. Feather Mom
This is a drawing by Ana Lucia Cano, a painter friend of ours. Feather Mom hangs in our living room, and every day she greets us. I am infinitely inspired by her dialectic spirit, emanating care and indifference, softness and rugged, all through one frame.