OFER KRISTAL

My name is Ofer, I have launched KRISTAL. in 2019 after working on architecture projects in numerous countries and contexts.

 

I have started my architectural path studying at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and graduated with a B.Sc in 2011. After graduation I have traveled to the Indian Himalayas to extend a research on the region's vernacular architecture and continued to Kathmandu, Nepal, where I have designed my first built project. Later on I have continued to master studies at Aalborg Universitet (Denmark), and graduated in 2014, with the thesis project - 'Freeconstruction'. 

 

After concluding two 'humanitarian oriented' theses I decided to join TribeLab, an architectural NGO based in Guatemala, where we designed and built houses, a community center, a clinic, a school, and more. The humanitarian approach, together with focusing on natural materials, local techniques, and direct communication with the end user were always a huge inspiration and passion for me, and taught me how to design with less, think globally and act locally.

Upon finishing my time in Guatemala I have moved to Tokyo (2016) to join Sou Fujimoto Architects, where I had the opportunity to work on programatically, geometrically and spatially complex projects. Already in Tokyo I started working on 'Mille Arbres' project, and later moved to Paris where the project is located.  In Paris I helped setting up 'Sou Fujimoto Atelier Paris',  lived and worked exclusively on ‘Mille Arbres’, with an exception of  one competition - the headquarters for Médecins sans Frontières in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

As part of my work on ‘Mille Arbres’, I was uniquely in charge of complex geometry and 3D design issues. For that matter I have developed a solid, tailor made, algorithmic platform which enables a rapid, parametrically informed design process accompanied by real time analytic feedback from the software.

With this rich and various experience I have decided to start a practice in Northern Israel, where I was born. The practice aims at establishing itself locally as an experimental and innovative design studio.