All three are residential projects that seek to create transitional microclimates from the outside to the center of the house. Both Bang and Rizwan view abrupt transitions and a lack of light as two factors that design should try to solve, especially when considering the climate in Dallas. Learn more about the different design techniques that they deploy at their projects.
F A R + D A N G is a multidisciplinary design office engaged in the complexities and multiplicities of contemporary life. Their research, their strategy, and their work focuses on transforming intangible ideas into spatial realities and physical form. They are interested in taking a project from its initial conception to its final built form. Their goal is to heighten the immaterial such as ideas, hopes, and space, by way of the material such as site, structure, and enclosure. Regardless of context, scale, and budget, this remains their goal. Find their three projects being posted today towards the end of the blog.
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Together, Bang Dang and Rizwan Faruqui work on projects of all different types and scales and bring over 30 years of experience in the design field working previously with a variety of firms and a variety of project types.
Bang Dang is a Founding Partner at F A R + D A N G, and he co-founded the firm with Rizwan Faruqui back in 2015 after they met while working together at Cunningham Architects in Dallas. Bang received his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin similar to Rizwan.
Yet before starting F A R + D A N G, Bang started a firm called BangWorks to give his dream a try, but he ended the firm in 2015 once he started F A R + D A N G. He is currently also working as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture in The University of Texas at Arlington, and has been one since 2011 right when he started BangWorks. His design style has some influence from Japanese culture, yet he takes inspiration from other regions of the world too.
Rizwan Faruqui, AIA is a Founding Partner at F A R + D A N G, and he previously worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) where he was influenced by Dutch design style, along with many other styles.
More recently, in an interview with Dallas Towers, Bang mentioned that, ” They met when (they) were both working for Cunningham Architects, which was a very hands on place in which to learn, discovering how things go together in the architectural process. It turned out that both of (them) enjoyed the construction component.” You can see this joy for the construction phase in the final products they create and the types of projects they take on.
Dallas is a challenge, it’s a little behind the curve. Whereas in Europe or Japan cities take more risk, Dallas is more cautious as a city.
According to Bang and Rizwan their clients have been driving the direction of projects more and more, they are more involved than ever. They have their own “eye” in an architectural context, and they love helping their clients raise the quality of their projects.
Bang states in Dallas Towers that, “Today clients are more visually educated than in the past. I see our youth in this climate as an asset. Although we both have experience in a number of project types and have worked for firms, small, medium and large, we feel that we are young and bold enough to push things…I think, that because we are young, we are not satisfied in doing the same thing, any repetition has to be relative to the project and the site.”
On that note, we wanted to present one of the participants that plans to work with Bang and Rizwan soon! They are very excited to be hosting another incredible young talent at their firm.
Sanae Khalil is one of our Job+J1 Visa Program participants that was to join the F A R + D A N G team back at the beginning of the year in March 2020, but due to the Pandemic she is still waiting for confirmation that she can join them. Sanae is originally from Morocco, and is now working and living in Sevilla as a BIM Coordinator.
Before she has worked as an Architectural Designer in several large scale projects, participating in all phases Concept Design, Schematic Design and Design Development. Involvement and development of international projects in the United States, Dominican Republic and Spain.
B A N G + D A N G Projects
When designing residential spaces, the use of space and natural light is crucial, especially since Dallas has a difficult climate at times. It is important to design secure entry portals that make the passage from one environment to another less abrupt. According to Rizwan, “…they tend to place an emphasis on ceremony, creating moments and spaces where even the act of getting dressed in a well-lit closet area conveys a sense of ritual.”
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As you scroll through the following three projects they have created, consider all of these design techniques and ideas they have implemented.
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Cullen Drive Residence
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Resley Creek Ranch
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Do not forget that we will be posting more work by F A R + D A N G in the coming weeks and months, so keep an eye out for more of their incredible work!! Every Friday we will be posting a new Featured Company, so join us again next week!