The Residences at The Miami Beach EDITION | By Ian Schrager And John Pawson | John Pawson

From the moment his work first came to public attention in the early 1980s, John Pawson’s impact on the world of contemporary architecture has been profound. Different and powerful, this is not an architecture of grand stylistic gestures, but the result of concentrating on the fundamental qualities of light, proportion and materials. At once restrained and lyrically sensuous, it is work of deceptive richness, where the eye is free to register the grain of a piece of timber or the changing play of sunlight on a wall. Here is architecture whose superlative quality has the power to turn the everyday experiences of life - the taking of a shower or the preparation of food – into something quietly extraordinary.

Pawson’s portfolio spans diverse commissions, from Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan, airport lounges for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, a new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia and sets for new ballets at London’s Royal Opera House and the Opéra Bastille in Paris, to private houses around the world and the interior of a 50-metre yacht. Current projects include the creation of a new permanent home for the Design Museum in the former Commonwealth Institute in London, scheduled to open in 2014.

Each design is a unique response to a unique situation, but the underlying preoccupations remain constant: architecture where there is a sense of real connection between places and people, where comfort is paramount and where, even in the chaos of an international airport, it is possible to feel at home.