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KAPOK is a transdisciplinary design practice established by Claire Karsenty and Robert Slinger, dealing with questions of identity and orientation in the contemporary city. We operate within the fields of architecture and urban design and public art, our projects enabling people to re-read their built environment, provoking new, previously unimagined ways of using the spaces around them.

Project Areas
KAPOK explores these issues in three areas of focus:

  • Temporary Installations (exhibitions, performance, urban art)
    An experimental laboratory for our ideas, we retune existing environments to provoke new readings, effecting the maximum transformation with the minimum intervention
  • Urban design
    Our large-scale design planning emphasises the relationship of programs in time and the refocussing of space through punctual intervention, to create new identities and urban networks.
  • The Domestic Realm
    In interior remodellings, innovative house types, and new housing districts, we explore the adaptability of domestic space to changing requirements.
How we work

Our medium is the composition of space and the choreography of use, articulated primarily on three levels:

  • Transmedial
    In development and realisation, our projects fuse architecture, graphics, light, image projection and film together to create a trans- and per- formative architecture.
  • Collaborative
    A collaborative network of specialists in landscaping, photography, graphics, engineering and the visual arts provide a diversity of perspective for our projects.
  • Participatory
    During development and execution, our projects engage inhabitants in a creative dialogue, to stimulate new ways of understanding their environment.