Leslie Lok, M. Arch ’11 and Sasa Zivkovic, M. Arch ’12 announced as winners of 2018 Folly/Function Competition

Leslie Lok, M. Arch ’11 and Sasa Zivkovic, M. Arch ’12, co-principals of HANNAH Architecture and Design, and faculty at Cornell University, produced the winning proposal for the 2018 edition of Folly/Function, an annual juried design/build competition for architects and designers.

Their proposal, titled RRRolling Stones, is a moveable outdoor seating system made from 3D-printed concrete and uses the standard ergonomics of a functional chair to create durable, mobile outdoor seating. RRRolling Stones are designed for all-season use and may be rotated to reveal new seating profiles or tumbled across the Park’s landscape by users. Their playful design encourages creative interaction and emboldens park visitors to configure them in original arrangements based on preference and need.

The RRRolling Stones seating was prototyped and 3D-printed at the Cornell Robotic Construction Laboratory in Ithaca, New York. Executed in layers of a special cement mixture reinforced with nylon fibers, the seats’ striated surfaces reveal their incremental manufacturing process. During printing, the seats’ interior is supported with a bed of gravel, enabling the creation of their cantilevered forms. A layer of gravel remains imprinted on each chair’s interior surface, giving it a geologic character. This innovative production process begets a distinct aesthetic layered with rousing and unanticipated associations.

Their proposal was selected from a group of international submissions by a jury of leaders in the fields of architecture and design.

Learn more here: https://archleague.org/competition/folly-function-2018/


HANNAH is an experimental design practice for speculative and built projects across scales, addressing subjects of architecture and urbanism. The office, led by Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic, focuses on contemporary building practices and utilizes specialized novel material and fabrication methods. HANNAH’s object of inquiry is material, process, and construction.

Learn more at http://hannah-office.org/