Thu, 9 Apr 2015 - Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Ball-Nogues commissioned for Coachella 2015

Ball-Nogues Studio is working on a commission for a temporary installation at Coachella 2015.

It will be a surprise!


Fri, 3 Apr 2015 7:00pm

Ben speaking on panel "WATER IN LA: Surfurbia and The LA River" as part of Construction as Performance


Events: Friday, April 3  + Saturday, April 4

Construction Performance: Sunday, March 29


WATER IN LA: Surfurbia and The LA River

Friday, April 3 at 7PM

The county of Los Angeles is home to 70 miles of coastline and 51 miles of river pathway. Los Angeles has had, and still has, a complex

relationship with its waters: From the beaches— or Surfurbia, one of Reyner’s Banham’s Four Ecologies of Los Angeles— to the

concrete channels of the LA River, to the recurring challenge of drought in California. How do we negotiate today the channelization

of the LA River that changed the urban landscape decades ago? What revitalization efforts will change the future landscape? How do we

confront the privatization vs public access of beachfront territory? As LA is surrounded by water, how do we grapple with an ongoing

lack of potable, usable water?

Panelists: Benjamin Ball, Daveed Kapoor, Elizabeth Timme


Event website

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015

Invitation to speak at Ryerson University School of Interior Design

Gaston will be traveling to Toronoto, Ontario in March to speak at Ryerson University School of Interior Design (RSID).

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm

Gaston speaking at Museum Futures roundtable

Gaston was invited to participate in 'Museum Futures' a roundtable hosted by the Gensler Cultural Research held at The Schindler House, MAK Center, West Hollywood, CA

Wed, 31 Dec 2014

Project complete at train station in Golden, CO

Ball-Nogues Studio completed a permanent public artwork in Golden, Colorado at the Jefferson County Government Station for the RTD. The untitled installation is a giant switchable glass, digital clock. 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00pm

Lecture at Cal Poly Pomona

Benjamin Ball will be speaking at Cal Poly Pomona's Department of Architecture Friday October 24, 2014 at noon.

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 6:00pm - Sat, 22 Nov 2014 6:00pm

Come to Mama in 6018 Wilshire show at Edward Cella

Edward Cella Art & Architecture announces an exhibition looking back at 6018 Wilshire

September 20 - November 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20, 2014, beginning at 6pm

The Ball-Nogues piece, Come to Mama, 2014 will be included.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 7:00pm

Ball-Nogues "Shop Talk" with LA Forum

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design invited Ball-Nogues to participlate in shoptalk, as part of their 2014 "On the Map" series.

This year’s “On the Map” series turns a spotlight not on the end products of finished buildings, but on the processes by which design is achieved. The shoptalk events invite designers to reveal the methods of their architectural making and building, spanning a continuum from the high-tech digital on one end, to the analog and hand-crafted on the other. Exposing this range of activities, shoptalk invites you to tour the facilities where the magic happens and engage in the discussion about what it is that architects do.

August 28, 2014 7pm

Ball-Nogues Studio, 3533 E. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

For tickets and more information:

Mon, 16 Jun 2014

Not Whole Fence complete in El Paso, TX

The point has been added to our Not Whole Fence installation, making it complete. Designed and built for the Southwest University Park in El Paso, TX, the commissioned piece is reminescent of wooden outfield fences. The fence was partially unveiled at the El Paso Chiahauhaus opening game on April 28th.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 8:30am - 1:00pm

We are participating in an AIA Small Firms Workshop

Small Firms Workshop #2: Alternative Models for Small-Scale Professional Architectural Practices

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Credits: provides 4.0 CEU's
Location: John A. Martin & Associates, Inc., 950 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Today’s economic, technological and legal climate has forced Sole Proprietors and Small Firm Architects to adapt and consider new modes of producing creative work and delivering their services. Sometimes the best opportunities are right in front of us. Whether starting one’s own studio or evolving an already established practice, this Workshop explores innovative models for leveraging knowledge and talent and producing excellent design through a diversity of services and by means of collaborative, virtual office or refashioned co-working environments.

Small Firms Series Program Organizer - Ric Abramson, AIA


Introductions and Program Assistance by Michael Poloukhine AIA NCARB LEED APReSquare Architecture and Construction

I.   Introduction: The 2014 Small Firm Workshop Series (Ric Abramson, AIA)
II.  Strategies for Innovative Practice (Moderator: Michael Poloukhine AIA)
a.     Introduction of Guest Participants
III. Architecture PLUS: New Modes of Project Delivery
a.     AIA’a Expanded Services Initiative
a.     Design-Develop
b.     Design-Build
c.     Design + Building Commissioning
d.     Design w/ LEED/Sustainable Design
e.     Design + Project Management
b.     Architectural Design + (Aligning & Merging Disciplines: Urban Design, Landscape, Engineering, Construction, Furniture Design, Product Design, Digital Fabrication, etc.

Q + A

IV.  New Environments for Project Production  (Panel Presentations)
a.     Collaborative Strategies (Panelist 1)
b.     Virtual Offices (Panelist II)
c.     Co-Working Environments  (Panelist III)

Q + A
V.  Sharing Practice Tips & Stories:  Biggest Issues & Lessons Learned
            a. Re-Defined Employee and Consultant Relationships
            b. Fees, Compensation and Billing Alternatives
            c. Roles & Responsibilities:  Authorship of the Work & Liability
VI. Wrap-up


Mon, 19 May 2014 - Wed, 21 May 2014

Nomination and finalist for MCHAP for Emerging Architecture Award

Ball-Nogues Studio was invited to apply to the Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture with the piece Maximilian's Schell. The work was selected for shortlist of finalists. Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues will be attending the awards ceremony May 20, 2014 in Chicago, where the winner will be announced.

MCHAP for Emerging Architecture

The Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture is awarded to an outstanding built work in the Americas by an emerging practice completed within the preceding two years. The authors of the winning project receive an award of $25,000 USD and the MCHAP Research Professorship at Illinois Institute of Technology for the following academic year, where they will lead a studio related to ‘rethinking metropolis’. The Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture is announced at the Benefit Ceremony in the spring of the award year.

In addition to being featured in the MCHAP Book, the Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture Winner will receive a monograph focusing on their award-winning work.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014

New commission for Bellevue Transit Center Station

Ball-Nogues Studio was selected for a large commission with Sound Transit at the Bellevue Station.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014

"Corner Glory" is complete in West Hollywood

Our second project, Corner Glory, for Essex Monarch Group in West Hollywood is complete. It wraps the corner of the Dylan building at Santa Monica and La Brea streets.

Wed, 5 Mar 2014

Commission for Central Washington University


Ball-Nogues was awarded a project through Washington State Arts Commission to create a piece for a new science building at Centrral Washington University in Ellensburg. The design will develop over the next eight months in coordination with the building design.

Tue, 4 Mar 2014 - Thu, 6 Mar 2014

Ball-Nogues participating in Alaska Design Forum

Benjamin Ball will be traveling to Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage in March 2014 to participate in the "BLING" lecture series.



The 2013-2014 lecture season

This season the Alaska Design Forum presents BLING, a lecture series exploring the role of ornamentation in contemporary design. Is it “less is more” or “less is a bore?” Many of the world’s current leading designers manipulate materials and the laws of physics to bring beauty to an object or building. Perhaps it is the materiality of the thing itself – it’s expression and articulation – that signifies culture and meaning.

BLING Lecturers

Please note: unlike recent seasons, the format for BLING lectures will be Juneau on Tuesday, Fairbanks on Wednesday, and Anchorage on Thursday.

  • January 21-23 Steinnun Sigurd  Fashion Designer / Reykjavik
  • February 25-27 Fuhrimann Hächler  Architect / Zurich
  • March 4-6 Ball-Nogues Studio  Integrated Design / Los Angeles
  • March 18-20 Will Alsop  Architect / London
  • April 8-10 Supermachine  Designers / Bangkok, Thailand
  • April 15-17 Solid Objectives  Architect / New York 

BLING Art Installation

  • May 2014 Oliver Hess  Artist / Los Angeles
Mon, 24 Feb 2014

Lecture at the University of Cincinnati

Benjamin Ball will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning on February 24, 2014.


UC School of Architecture and Interior Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 4:00pm

Lecture at Central Washington University

Benjamin Ball will be in Ellensburg for a lecture at Central Washington University for the Department of Art on Wednesday February 12, 2014 at 4pm.

On the same trip, Ball-Nogues will interview for a new project. We were selected as one of 3 finalists from the Washington Arts Commission public artist registry for a work in a new science building at CWU.

Fri, 31 Jan 2014

"Stud Wall" installation complete in West Hollywood

One of our two projects for Essex Monarch Group in West Hollywood is complete and the scaffolding removed. It hangs from a wall of the Huxley building near the intersection of Fountain and La Brea.

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 - Sun, 13 Apr 2014

Maximilian's Schell part of M&A Retrospective

Maximilian's Schell, the project that launched Ball-Nogues and won an AIA award, will be featured at the Material's & Applications Retrospective opening at CSULB in January 2014


Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 – 2013

January 25 - April 13, 2014

The University Art Museum partners with the artist-led experimental architecture and design organization Materials & Applications (M&A) to present Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 – 2013. This exhibition is a capstone to more than ten years of effort on the part of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit to advance new and underused ideas in art, architecture, and landscape.

M&A related activities kick off this fall when local community members are invited to join Oliver Hess, director emeritus of M&A, and students from CSULB Design Professor Heather Barker's course Environmental Communication Design in a three-part workshop coordinated by Arts Council for Long Beach, which will culminate in a "crowd-sourced" site-specific installation on the CSULB campus in January. The installation is called MatterApp: Pyramidial (MA:P). You can follow the progress of MA:P from classroom, to crowdsourcing at community workshops, to its construction near the Walter Pyramid on campus on the UAM Tumblr page.

About Materials & Applications: Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, M&A is an experimental site and community "pocket park." Begun by Jenna Didier as a collaborative endeavor to advance a vision of architecture and design as social catalyst, she and the M&A exhibitors have striven to raise the conceptual standards of public art by questioning not only what is possible in the built environment, but also who participates in its development. M&A received a Spirit Award in 2009 from the Neutra Foundation. The American Institute of Architects presented M&A with three Design Honor Awards: in 2006 for two installations--the 2005 project Maximilian's Schell by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues and the 2006 project Here There Be Monsters by Workshop LEVITAS and DidierHess--and in 2007 for Michael Fox and Juintow Lin's project Bubbles. For ID Magazine's 52nd Annual Design Review, jurors Michael Arad, Elizabeth Diller, and Lindy Roy honored the Ball and Nogues installation Maximilian's Schell with the designation "Best Environment."

Organized by UAM Curator Kristina Newhouse, Materials & Applications: Building Something (Beyond) Beautiful, Projects 2002 – 2013 and the MA:P activities have been awarded a 2013 NEA Art Works: Design grant.

Sun, 5 Jan 2014 6:00pm - Sun, 16 Mar 2014 6:00pm

Almost Anything Goes at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

On view: January 5 – March 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 4, 6–8 pm

The last 20 years have witnessed a groundswell of popular cultural interest in the field of architecture. Some trace this influence to Frank Gehry’s seminal Guggenheim Bilbao, completed in 1997, which generated such neologisms as “the Bilbao Effect,” “starchitect,” and “wow factor architecture." Recently, Gehry’s influence and that of other significant West Coast architects was the subject of several important exhibitions and publications via the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, Modern Architecture in LA (1945-1980). With a momentum of ever-expanding interest in the field, the exhibition Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCA Santa Barbara) considers the next generation of architects in Los Angeles.

The architects featured in this exhibition, Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph, Design Bitches; Doris Sung, DO/SU Studio Architecture; Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Ball Nogues Studio; Robert Miles Kemp, Variate Labs; Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini; and Ramiro Diaz Granados, Amorphis LA, embrace cross-fertilization, collaboration, and adaptation creating new methodologies for research and implementation. Additionally, these makers, thinkers, and teachers traverse myriad, related fields utilizing an architectural perspective (visual arts, theory, design, and fashion). This spirit of inclusivity owes to a particular set of extant conditions including a dearth of building projects due to the recent recession, new digital technologies, growing ecological concerns, and a renegade spirit of experimentation unburdened by the weight of tradition. On the basis of installations, photography, material samples, textiles, and interactive media, Almost Anything Goes, presents a range of activity produced by some of LA’s most innovative contemporary architects.

More information here

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 6:00pm - Sat, 16 Nov 2013 8:00pm

Gaston speaking at the New Normal Symposium at UPenn

Thu. 14 November, 6:30pm - Fri. 15 November, 8:30pm

Meyerson Hall - Lower and Upper Galleries


Since its emergence roughly twenty years ago, generative digital design has fundamentally altered the way in which we conceptualize, design, and fabricate architecture. Virtually every aspect of our profession has been radically transformed. These innovations have not been restricted to questions of technology alone, and have fueled a lively debate among leading educators, theoreticians, and practitioners in their respective efforts to understand the larger cultural ramifications triggered by this phenomenon.

The New Normal will investigate how the role of experimentation can continue to contribute to architecture education, design research and practice, theory, and fabrication. The focus of the symposium will be to assess the current state of technology and how researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians incorporate rigorous modes of speculation into their work. In particular, we are interested in how digital tools have allowed for new conceptions of the practice of architecture. We hope to have a dynamic discussion, and encourage participants to discuss recent projects and also speculate as to the future possibilities of generative practice.

Symposium Schedule

Thursday Nov 14

6:30pm Opening Keynote Lecture
Neil Denari

Friday, Nov 15
10am   Welcome and Introduction

10:30am          Panel 1: New Assemblages
Moderator: Roland Snooks
Francois Roche
Brandon Kruysman
Manuel Delanda
Mark Goulthorpe
Simon Kim

12:30- 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm            Panel 2: New Niche
Moderator: Ferda Kolatan
Michael Loverich
Jason Payne
Jonah Rowen
Drura Parrish

3:30-4pm Coffee Break

4pm                 Panel 3: The Anorganic
Moderator: Winka Dubbeldam
Tobias Klein
Gaston Nogues
Philip Beesley
Chris Sharples
Lydia Kallipoliti

6:30pm Closing Keynote Lecture
Ben van Berkel

Thu, 7 Nov 2013 - Sun, 10 Nov 2013

Ben speaking at the International Forum of Taipei Fine Arts Museum


Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) is organizing a project of  architecture art, which will include a forum in 2013 and an installation in  2014. Ball-Nogues was invited as guest speakers for the forum this year.

The subject of the forum is “Imagination and Experiment of Museum  Landscape Space”.  It will focus on promoting a fresh and stimulating vision and experiment on architecture in public space. The combination of  architecture, art, and environment will be especially emphasized.

Forum on November 9, 2013
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Benjamin Ball's Lecture Title: Land Speed Record


Website here:
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:00am

"Air Garden" install at LAX complete; Media preview day TBD


'Ball-Nogues Studio recently completed Air Garden a monumental sculptural installation that hovers within the North Light Well of the new Bradley West Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Air Garden creates a moment of serenity and visual repose for travelers amidst the hectic airport environment. More an atmosphere than an object, the colors and shapes of the artwork transform as one moves through the terminal and as the natural light conditions change throughout the day. The artists describe it as “sometimes suggesting an iridescent fog pouring from the sky and other times a translucent three-dimensional painting. “

Weighing approximately 6000 pounds, the sculpture is comprised almost entirely of stainless-steel ball chain. Under development for nearly four years, it is the pinnacle of Ball-Nogues exploration of “extreme intricacy.” Over 175,000 unique segments, totaling over 85 miles, hang in precise proximity to one another to share in the overall composition.'


Catenaries: 7092
 Columns: 394
 Hangers: 788
 Chain ONLY weight total, at #6 Stainless, 12 lbs. per 1000 ft., UNPAINTED: 5433 lbs. Not including cable, hardware, connectors or paint.

      RAW  		TOTAL_LENGTH (FEET): 95787
GRAND TOTAL in MILES 85.7482955
        RAW 	TOTAL_CONNECTORS: 52852
(Add 14184 CONNECTORS / SEGMENTS if you want to include the little unpainted shorties attached directly to the hangers)
Mon, 7 Oct 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Lecture at University of Colorado at Boulder

Benjamin Ball will be speaking at the ENVD 5:47 Lecture Series: Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues Studio

  10/7/2013 Start Time:  5:00 PM
  10/7/2013 End Time:  7:00 PM


Please join the Program in Environmental Design for a free and public lecture by Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues Studio

The lecture will start at 5:47pm with a free reception at 5pm., for additional location information.">Main Campus - Environmental Design  (View Map)
1060 18TH ST
boulder, CO
Room: 134

Fri, 4 Oct 2013 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Ball-Nogues Lamps at LA Luz

Ball-Nogues Studio loaned four Music Legs Glob Lamps to the La Luz Art Show and Event scheduled for October 4th at the Well in Los Angeles.


A One Night Art Event!

October 4, 2013 6-11 pm

The Well, 1006 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sponsored by Gensler, Knoll and Mata Construction

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Bringing together local artists and designers who curate our everyday environments, we hope to facilitate interaction between industries, people, and space. LA Luz will host various individuals in the real estate, design, and construction industries for a one night art event highlighting some of Los Angeles most talented artists.

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

Commission for El Cariso Park in Sylmar

Ball-Nogues Studio has been selected for a commission with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to create a site-specific piece for El Cariso Park in Sylmar, CA. The design will develop over the next six months.

Tue, 1 Oct 2013 - Thu, 31 Oct 2013

Christopher Hawthorne nominates BNS for Metropolis Select Ten

Metropolis Magazine: The Select Ten

Design’s leading voices help us identify the next wave of burgeoning talent.

October 2013

"When we began our search for pathbreaking emerging designers, we knew part of the effort would involve reaching out to influential figures in design who have an almost innate ability to spot fresh promise. All ten experts have displayed not just a sharp eye but also a gut instinct for sniffing out the future. And together they’ve helped us assemble an impressive group of new talent.

We think the Select Ten represent a generational portrait. Although their work ranges far and wide, they seem to share a way of working marked by fluidity—between the digital and the hand, between disciplines, between collaborators and colleagues. It feels less about personal expression (although all the work is uniformly expressive) and more about a shared vision. As we move forward, this seems particularly hopeful given the larger challenges ahead. In the meantime, enjoy the creative pyrotechnics on the pages below. This is just the beginning for all of them." —Martin C. Pedersen

Los Angeles, Established 2004
Installation art
Selected by Christopher Hawthorne

From the beginning, Ball-Nogues has occupied an unusual space between art and design-build. The Los Angeles–based studio’s two principals, Benjamin Ball (pictured left) and Gaston Nogues, are both 45-year-old SCI-Arc grads who have done stints at Gehry Partners—one of their first projects together was a giant, golden shade structure constructed of deftly manipulated Mylar that floated over a courtyard on a busy street in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A. Their work remains more an examination of materials than it is a creation of forms.

Take Euphony, a recent project inside the atrium of the Music City Center in Nashville. The building was conceived as a giant guitar, and within it, Ball-Nogues’s 110-foot-high draped sculpture seems to quiver in space. This evanescence is extraordinary when you realize that it’s achieved with 28 miles of stainless steel ball chain, and 1,800 pounds of material arranged in catenary curves that form a spiraling, twisted surface. “It’s about finding the vocabulary that’s feasible for chain,” Ball says. “We wouldn’t know the full extent of what it could be if we didn’t know the full extent of the logistics.”

The studio has done earlier projects along these lines, including a 2009 installation for Museum of Contemporary Art that involved 3,604 separate lengths of colored twine. Euphony grew from that, allowing Ball and Nogues to refine certain techniques—including the creation
of a custom software, which enabled them to control and design the proximity between the lines, as well as a machine that colors and cuts the individual lengths of twine or chains. —Jade Chang

“The funny little secret of digitally enabled architecture is how much craft, how much painstaking hands-on work, is required to build the most fluid designs,” says Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times. “Ball-Nogues fundamentally understands and embraces that.”

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 9:00am - Mon, 28 Oct 2013 9:00am

Ben Ball judging the 2013 AIA NEXT LA awards

Ball-Nogues Studio was invited to serve on the judging panel for the AIA Los Angeles NEXT award. The NEXT LA Awards showcase the future of Los Angeles architecture by awarding projects that are not yet built in Los Angeles, or projects by LA-based architects to be built elsewhere. Entrants must be members of any chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Award winners will be announced and celebrated at the AIA/LA Awards Ceremony in October 28, 2013 at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013

Ball-Nogues commissioned for installation at the Nevada Museum of Art

Ball-Nogues Studio will be designing an ghostly inverted Transamerica Pyramid at the Nevada Museum of Art for the new exhibition: Modernist Icon: The Architecture and Urban Planning of William L. Pereira.  The installation is to be completed at the end of June 2013.

Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:00am - Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00am

Ball-Nogues part of A New Sculpturalism exhibit at MOCA

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture in Southern California marks the first exhibition and catalog to examine the role of Los Angeles-based architect Frank Gehry, arguably the most significant and innovative architect of the later part of the twentieth century, and the generation of Los Angeles architects that followed him, including Greg Lynn, Michael Maltzan, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, to name a few. A New Sculpturalism focuses on this important era in American architecture and presents the first extensive examination of the built forms that characterize Southern California architecture after 1990, as well as the geographic, political, and socio-economic underpinnings of its development. The exhibition includes both large, full-scale new structures, made specifically for the show, and models, sketches, and digital presentations, which illuminate their significant achievements.

Sat, 1 Jun 2013

Euphony opens in Nashville

Two years in the making, Euphony opened in Nashville's Music City Center.

stainless steel ball chain, steel tube, baked enamel finish

Catenary stainless steel ball chains descent dramatically from a suspended elliptical ring beam and then return skyward on a new path forming two shells of pattern and color. Artists Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues have produced a translucent three-dimensional painting, fabricated with a digital cutting machine developed in their own studio. Depending on the viewer's vantage point, the 1141 multi-colored chains of Euphony may appear as a hard-edged geometric form or blur to a vapor-like visual composition.

    Total weight of the artwork (2,100 lbs. ) and ring beam (1,400 lbs.) is 3,500 lbs.
    Euphony amplifies aesthetics of light, reflection and color creating a visual spectacle and physical sensation in a public space
    25 miles of stainless steel chain are attached to a 30’ x 8’  steel ring beam that is suspended 3’ from ceiling
    Euphony hangs 117’ and 10’ 11” above first level floor

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 - Fri, 26 Oct 2012

IAAC - workshop and lecture

Ball-Nogues Studio has been invited to lecture and lead a workshop at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. 

Benjamin Ball is planning to make the trip to Barcelona October 25-26th.


Tue, 16 Oct 2012

Yucca Crater is a finalist in the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

 Yucca Crater was chosen as a finalist for Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards. The finalists are published in the October 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine. 


From the website: "Earlier this year, we put out a call to the design and business communities: What are the best design-driven innovations of the past year? More than 1,100 companies and organizations responded, offering 1,700 nominees in nine categories. An all-star group of 27 judges--from MoMA curator Paola Antonelli to Nicholas Felton of Facebook--worked with us to identify 56 finalists. Presented on the following pages, these standouts represent the creative explosion under way in our economy. (All of the finalists were introduced or came to market in the year ending June 1, 2012.) The winners will be unveiled on October 16 in New York. As you’ll see as you read ahead, they are all worth cheering.

Here, the finalists for the "Spaces" category."



The winner will be announced October 16, 2012

Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:30am

World Architecture Day

Benjamin Ball will be travelling to Mumbai, India to participate in the World Architecture Day symposium

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 - Sat, 29 Sep 2012

Invitation to the Nevada AIA conference

Ball-Nogues Studio was invited to speak at the Northern Nevada American Institute of Architects conference.

Benjamin Ball will be attending Saturday, September 29, 2012. It will be help at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 - Tue, 25 Sep 2012

University of Tennessee - Fall Lecture Series

Ball-Nogues Studio has been invite to lecture and exhibit at The Unversity of Tenneesse in Knoxville.

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Waterline installation is complete

Waterline installation for the San Diego County Operations Center is complete. The opening reception and ribbon cutting was held on August 8, 2012.


San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Architectural Foundation Blog Orchids and Onions



Project text:  

Waterline resembles a thickened atmosphere of ghostly waves within the double high entryway of Building 204. It is neither solid nor emptiness but has qualities of both. Seventeen thousand segments of painted stainless steel ball chain, totaling over 10 miles in length make up this work. By integrating digital computation with hand production techniques, Ball-Nogues meticulously combined the segments to form an array of “catenaries” that span the ceiling. In mathematics, a catenary is the shape of a curve formed by a chain hanging between two points.

Composed of seven colors, the chains make an intricate system of overlapping curves. The result suggests a three-dimensional abstract painting that looks differently depending on one’s vantage point. From one angle, the viewer sees hard-edged geometric shapes in distinct color; from another angle, she sees the same colors blurred to make a vapor-like composition.

In naval engineering, the term "waterline" refers to the contour made by the hull of a ship meeting water. This Ball-Nogues installation includes a field of magenta color that is parallel to the ground plane catenaries. Analogous to a waterline, this feature becomes reference for gauging the discrepancies between the “theoretical” models generated within the computer and the physical reality of the installation constructed from the data output by the computer.

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 7:00pm

SCI-Arc Exhibition Discussion

 SCI-Arc Gallery Exhibition Discussion with Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Hsinming Fung


 June 25th 7pm in the Gallery 

Southern California Institute of Architecture

960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 - Sun, 24 Jun 2012

Ben will be speaking at the AIA LA Design Conference

 Benjamin Ball will be speaking at the AIA LA Design Conference

He will be on a panel on Saturday, June 24th at 2:30pm on New Forms of Practice.

Los Angeles is the preeminent global center for young designers who bridge product design, installation design and architectural design into new hybrid forms of design practice.



Tue, 19 Jun 2012

2012 Public Art Network Year in Review Award

 Yucca Crater is a finalist for the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Year in Review award.

The full list of winners can be found here.



The 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review Projects Have Been Announced!

Check out the 2012 Year in Review Project List and order the 2012 Year in Review CD-ROM that includes a PowerPoint presentation, project data, and more than 300 jpeg project images. This makes an excellent advocacy and educational tool.

Hear the presentation by curators Jean Greer, Daniel Mihalyo, and Celia Munoz recorded at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Preconference by ordering Convention On-Demand.

About the Year in Review Program

Since 2000, the Public Art Network’s Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and curation/selection process. Each year, two or more public art professionals are selected as curators to review more than 400 project applications of work installed or completed in the previous calendar year and select up to 50 public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. The Public Art Network’s Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. The field is advanced by the commitment of artists to produce exceptional work, public art programs and administrators who facilitate public processes, and the curators all of whom dedicate time and thoughtful detail.

Fri, 1 Jun 2012 - Sun, 8 Jul 2012

Sci-Arc Gallery Installation to open in June

 Ball-Nogues Studio has been invited to create a site-specific installation for the gallery space at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. 

The opening is June 1, 2012 from 7-9pm

Exhibition discussion is June 25, 2012 at 7pm

Check out the poster

Watch the Sci-Arc gallery page for upcoming info.

 Yevrus 1, Negative Impression

Constructed from non-architectural artifacts, Yevrus 1, Negative Impression is a disposable architecture of literal references that calls into question the contemporary architectural vogue for digital complexity and abstraction. The cast impressions of 1973 Volkswagen Beetles and speedboats unite to form a strong structural whole that serves as a lookout tower in the SCI-Arc Gallery.

After studying a variety of objects withing the Los Angeles suburban-scape, the the designers selected the individual components for their iconic and structural potential, as well as their availability. Once chosen, the parts were digitally scanned in three dimensions and cast in biodegradable paper pulp using a proprietary technique the studio refers to as a "Yevrus"—the word "Survey" spelled backwards. With this work, the first in a series of experimental Yevrus projects, Ball-Nogues rethinks the purpose of the site survey. No longer seen as a simple tool for construction and engineering, the survey becomes an instrument for finding form, seeking structural stability and realizing iconic meaning.


Wed, 9 May 2012 5:30pm

Ben Ball to lecture at Ohio State University

Benjamin Ball will be speaking at Ohio State Knowlton School of Architecture's Winter/Spring 2012 Baumer Lecture Series on May 9th, 2012 at 5:30pm. Information here and flyer here.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 7:30pm

Butler University lecture


“Fast, Cheap & In Control”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Best known in Indianapolis for the last season’s brightly colored string installation “Gravity’s Loom” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Benjamin Ball, is an artist, designer and founder of Ball-Nogues Studio in Los Angeles. Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa, where his mother’s involvement in theatre proved influential. While studying for his degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis.

Upon graduation, he sought work as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials with such influential directors as Mark Romanek and Tony Scott. His experience ranges from work on the Disney Concert Hall and small residential commissions for boutique firms to complex medical structures and event design.

Event information


Sun, 1 Apr 2012 - Mon, 18 Jun 2012

Workshop and Pavilion with Ecole Speciale d'Architecture

 Ball-Nogues Studio won an international competition to design and build a pavilion with students at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris. Pavillon Speciale is a competition curated by Matteo Cainer. The pavilion is scheduled to open mid June 2012. Images of the design proposal can be seen on the 'in progress' section of our project page.  


Proposal text:

The Pavillon Spéciale is an installation that can be arched and curled at full scale with a small crane to form different types of space befitting the summer program at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. The installation will create a sense of place while providing a respite from the sun and rain.

The Pavillion is a unique structure. In architecture terminology, the phrase that describes a system whose form is derived from the deformation of its materials under force is “form active.” This type of structure is difficult to study using software. It often requires architects to explore their designs by testing full-scale mock-ups, and using that empirical information to help inform the process of digital modeling, which is studied in the studio rather than in the field. Students will engage in this iterative design process with Ball Nogues.

The structure is comprised of approximately 200 “cells”, each made from locally sourced plastic tubing that will be bent and curled in custom jigs designed and constructed by students.  To provide shade, each cell will have a locally sourced sheet material spanning between the tubes within it. The cell module is a very effective way of constructing a temporary structure: each can be transported as a flat unit and rapidly assembled on site; when it is time for the structure to come down, dismantling and transportation to a new site is easy.


Description of the competion:

The Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture enters its 2nd edition of the “Pavillon Spéciale”, an annual spring architectural series that gives young emerging architects the opportunity to build with students, a temporary project in the heart of Paris. Once a year from June to October, The Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture will become an international theatre for architectural experimentation, making it unique in its kind. The timescale (maximum of 3 months from invitation to completion) will provide a unique model that presents a strong synergy between architecture and education and with talks before during and after construction, it will become a contemporary platform for architects, students and the city itself.

The “Pavillon Spéciale” program is curated by Matteo Cainer. Conceived by the later in the summer of 2010, it is an ongoing programme of temporary structures by emerging international architects. The series is unique worldwide because it not only presents the work of an international architect or design team, but is an on site collaboration with a team of students from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture. Each year a different pavilion will be sited on the school’s inner courtyard, and for five months there will be a programme of public talks, events, performances that will take place in and around the Pavilion.   

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 6:30pm

In Conversation: Lynn Aldrich, Benjamin Ball and Merry Norris with art critic Scarlet Cheng at A+D Museum

In Conversation: Lynn Aldrich, Benjamin Ball and Merry Norris with art critic Scarlet Cheng

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / 6:30pm

Presented at and in collaboration with the Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles
6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Join art critic Scarlet Cheng in a conversation with artist Lynn Aldrich, architect Benjamin Ball and art consultant Merry Norris about their recent public art projects and how they address the role of art in the built environment. 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition:
February 11 – March 31, 2012
Curated by Carl Berg
at Edward Cella Art+Architecture   
6018 Wilshire Blvd. (Across from LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, 90036

Seating is limited. To reserve please call (323) 525-0053





Thu, 8 Mar 2012 - Sat, 7 Apr 2012

Ball-Nogues part of a group exhibition at Wattis Institute at CCA

 The Way Beyond Art3: Architecture in the Expanded Field 

 Thursday, March 8, 6–8 PM

Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)

San Francisco


The exhibition will be on view in the Upper Gallery March 8–April 7, 2012

Blurring the boundaries between art and architecture, this exhibition explores a broad terrain of installation practices, traversing architecture, sculpture, interiors, and landscape. It includes work by Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta Clark, Olafur Eliasson, Jürgen Mayer H, and Office dA, among others. 


WBA3: Architecture in the Expanded Field is designed and co-curated by Ila Berman, CCA director of architecture, and CCA architecture faculty member Douglas Burnham, principal of envelope a+d, in collaboration with the Wattis Institute. Faculty participants will include Thom Faulders, Mona El Khafif, Craig Scott, Andrew Kudless, Mark Donohue, Jason Kelly Johnson, and Nataly Gattegno.


Visit for the schedule. 

All Wattis Institute exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator’s Forum.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 5:00pm

Lecture at San Jose State University

 Ball-Nogues to speak at San Jose State University School of Art & Design


Art 133
February 28 at 5 pm

Info here


Wed, 22 Feb 2012 6:30pm

Ben Ball speaking at Woodbury

 Benjamin Ball will be giving a lecture at Woodbury University.

Department of Interior Architecture

Powell Gallery in the  Design Center

February 22, 2012 6:30pm

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 7:00pm

Upcoming panel at L.A.C.M.A.

Ball-Nogues has been invited to participate in the panel -
California Design Now
Temporary Insanity: The New Built Environment
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 7pm lecture, 8pm reception
LACMA, Brown Auditorium, 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Benjamin Ball - Ball-Nogues Studio
Jenna Didier - Materials & Applications
Jenny Wu - Oyler Wu Collaborative
Moderated by Frances Anderton, Host of DNA: Design and Architecture, KCRW
Free admission for DADC members and students with ID.
$15 LACMA members. $20 General admissions.
RSVP to or 323.857.6528
Fri, 20 Jan 2012 - Sat, 21 Jan 2012

Ball-Nogues invited to University of Michigan's "Whither Installation" conference

Benjamin Ball will be attending the "Whither Installation" conference. Information on the University of Michigan website.

January 20th - 21st

University of Michigan

Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning  

A + A Auditorium (Rm 2104)

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Upcoming Lecture at the Architectural Association in London

Benjamim Ball will be giving at lecture at the Architectural Association in London on Nobevember 22, 2011. Entitled Fast Cheap & In Control

Date: 22.11.2011
Time: 18:00:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

For more information, please click here
Sat, 15 Oct 2011 10:00am - Sun, 16 Oct 2011 9:00pm

Yucca Crater unveiled this weekend near Joshua Tree

Yucca Crater

Located on Iron Age Road west of the town of Joshua Tree, Yucca Crater is a synthetic earthwork that doubles as a recreational amenity. This monumental basin stands 30 feet from rim to low point.  Rock climbing holds mounted on the interior allow visitors to descend into a deep pool of water.

Yucca Crater expands on concepts borrowed from land art, incorporating the prospect of the abandoned suburban swimming pools scattered across the Mojave. Ball Nogues have re-imagined these interventions in the landscape through a method of production where the tools of fabrication transform to be become objects for display in their own right. The structure of Yucca Crater was originally the formwork used to construct another Ball-Nogues work, Talus Dome, in which more than 900 boulder-sized polished metal spheres were assembled to appear as a monumental pile of gravel. The two projects were “cross-designed” such that the method of production used in the first (Talus Dome) has become the central aesthetic for the second (Yucca Crater).

This approach integrates concept, aesthetics, and production, inviting viewers to reconsider their relationship to art by-products while repositioning them within an alternative economic and geographic domain.

Please visit the High Desert Test Sites website for more information.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 - Fri, 26 Aug 2011

Funding Drive for our new project - Yucca Crater

Rendering of Yucca Crater


Hello friends of Ball Nogues Studio,

We are pleased to announce a new Ball Nogues project, entitled Yucca Crater, a public artwork and engineered oasis designed for High Desert Test Sites series of events happening this fall near Joshua Tree National Park in California. We are raising funds for this ambitious work through United States Artists Projects, an innovative microphilanthropy organization. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation of any size.
To donate or learn more visit our US Artists Project page here
This project presents a unique opportunity for Ball-Nogues to re-purpose the products of our artistic process to make an artificial earthwork in the Mojave Desert. 


Thank you for your support and interest.
Best regards,
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues
Fri, 24 Jun 2011

Two Ball Nogues projects top list by American's for the Arts Public Art Year in Review

Two Ball Nogues projects were on the 2011 Public Art Year in Review published by American's for the Arts. Table Cloth at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and Cradle in Santa Monica, California were among 47 projects selected from a field of 430.
From the American's for the Arts website:
The 2011 Public Art Network Year in Review Project List is now available. This year, curators Gail Goldman, Kendal Henry, and Richard Turner reviewed 430 submissions and selected 47 finalist projects. Goldman and Henry presented the projects at the Public Art Preconference and their presentation is available through Convention On-Demand. Included with the presentation are all images of the selected 47 projects, as well as project data and category descriptions of the jurors' selections.
Year in Review Program Background:

Since 2000, the Public Art Network’s Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and curation/selection process. Each year, two or more public art professionals are selected as curators to review more than 400 project applications of work installed or completed in the previous calendar year and select up to 50 public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. The Public Art Network’s Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. The field is advanced by the commitment of artists to produce exceptional work, public art programs and administrators who facilitate public processes, and the curators all of whom dedicate time and thoughtful detail. The Year in Review 2004-2010 projects are available on CD in our online bookstore for use in educational contexts and for public art advocacy.

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Lecture at Texas A & M

Ben will give a lecture on the work of Ball Nogues Studio at Texas A & M University on April 4, 2011.

Click here for details.

Wed, 30 Mar 2011

Architectural League of New York Selects Ball Nogues for Emerging Voices Lecture Series at the New Museum

The lectures will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 and will be held at the
New Museum, 235 Bowery, in New York City.

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices lecture series and award spotlights individuals and firms with a distinct design ‘voice’ that has the potential to influence the discipline of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Since 1982, the juried series has featured architects and designers from throughout North America who have a significant body of realized work that not only represents the best of its kind, but also creatively addresses larger issues of architecture, landscape, and the built environment. For a complete list of past emerging voices, click here 

This year's list of emerging voices can be found by clicking here

Mon, 21 Mar 2011

Gaston Nogues lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

For more information, click here

Mon, 28 Feb 2011

Lecture at the University of Texas, Austin

Ben will give a lecture on the work of Ball Nogtues Studio at the University of Texas, Austin on February 28, 2011.

Click here for details.

Sat, 1 Jan 2011 - Sun, 2 Jan 2011

Ball Nogues Moving to a Larger Space in 2011

We are now located at 1300 East First Street, Los Angeles CA 90031

Sun, 31 Oct 2010

Ball Nogues creating new work for a show at the University of Virginia

Project Description

5X10 is a traveling exhibition, curated by William Daryl Williams, that features five University of Virginia faculty members from architecture, landscape architecture,and studio art that have been paired with experts in the field of digital design and fabrication from across the globe. The title of the show represents a profound shift from 4’ X 8’ construction, as well as the unique pairing of local and distant collaborators, and the maximum sheet material that can be used with our 5 axis CNC router.

The purpose of the exhibition is to challenge the hegemony of existing construction techniques, and to promote new possibilities related to digital design and fabrication.

5X10 will open in late October, 2010.


Anselmo Canfora, UVA +Jeana Ripple Studio Gang, Chicago (pending)

Dean Dass, UVA + Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles (confirmed)

Earl Mark, UVA+ Rosana Rubio-Hernandez. Madrid (confirmed)

Jeff Ponitz, UVA + Iwamoto Scott, San Francisco (confirmed)

Jorg Sieweke, UVA + Chris Reed Stoss ( pending)

Curated by William Daryl Williams, 
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 - Thu, 28 Oct 2010

Table Cloth Wins 2010 American Institute of Architects Design Award

Our project - Table Cloth - won a 2010 Design Award from the American Institute of Architects at the annual awards gala held at LACMA.

Follow this link for more information on Table Cloth

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 - Thu, 31 Mar 2011

Installation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art space opens October 15, 2010

BNS is working on an installation for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Unified School District at their Charles White Elementary School gallery space near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Opening October 15, 2010

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 - Sat, 18 Sep 2010

Table Cloth tables available for the public to take home from September 14th to September 18th

During the week of September 14th, we will dismantle our Table Cloth project, currently on view at Schoenberg Hall on the UCLA campus. The coffee tables and stools that comprise the installation will be available for the public to take home! If you are interested in having some tables, please let us know by adding a comment to our Facebook page. You will need to pick up the table(s) in the central courtyard at Schoenberg Hall between September 14th through September 18th, 11 am to 5 pm. Stay tuned for more details.

Thu, 2 Sep 2010 - Tue, 30 Nov 2010

Indianapolis Museum of Art installation opens to the public on September 3, 2010


 Indianapolis Museum of Art Commissions Ball-Nogues Studio for Efroymson Pavilion Installation Series

Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio to transform IMA

entrance pavilion with immersive, site-specific installation

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, The Indianapolis Museum of Art today announced that Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio will create a site-specific, architectural installation as part of the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion series.  Ball-Nogues Studio’s installation will be on view in the IMA’s main entrance from September 3, 2010 to March 6, 2011.

Bridging the disciplines of art, architecture and design, Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice lead by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. The studio will create an immersive installation titled Gravity’s Loom that explores the space and structure of the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.  Gravity’s Loom, part of the artists’ Suspensions series, will be composed of an array of vibrantly colored hanging strings that span the entire pavilion and generate the appearance of a softly spiraling gossamer surface. This surfacewill twist, contort, and spiral downward through the atrium, transforming the architectural space and re-choreographing the flow of visitors to encourage new interactions with the museum. Each string in the installation will hang from two points on the oval perimeter of the Pavilion, forming curves that respond to the distinctive features of the IMA building.

In developing Gravity’s Loom, Ball-Nogues has allowed the properties and limitations of a given material—in this case, string—guide their work. When the array of strings is hung in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, it will take the shape of an inverted dome through which a patterned color composition will be revealed that represents the artists’ take on Baroque embellishment, Ball and Nogues understand the oval shape of the IMA’s Pavilion to be analogous to the dome of classical Baroque architecture, which historically incorporated surface decoration to blur the distinction between what is architectural, sculptural, and pictorial. The strings of Gravity’s Loom will be painted to represent the imagined plan for a traditional Baroque ceiling pattern—a three dimensional volume that will blur into billows of color and then snap into a focused geometry, depending on the viewer’s vantage point.

“Ball-Nogues’ installation will dramatically re-imagine the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion,” said Sarah Urist Green, associate curator of contemporary art. “Their singular approach—integrating concept, design, and fabrication—will yield an unforgettable and all-encompassing environment that intricately relates to the space as a thoroughfare and site for assembly and interaction.”

Ball-Nogues likens their method of fabrication to a 21st century application ofIkat, an Indonesian term for the ancient textile process of resist dye.A labor intensive method, Ikat involves the application of vibrant colors to precise locations on individual yarns that, when woven, form a blurry edged pattern. Similarly, Ball-Nogues will color the strings individually in precise locations by using four computer-controlled airbrushes that are part of a programmable machine of their own design. Called the Instal-lator 1 with the Variable Information Atomizing Module, the machine will paint over 30 miles of string and cut it to prescribed lengths determined by an integrated software system. The shape of the thousands of hanging strings will be computed with a mathematical formula, however the piece will be installed at the museum by human hands. Ball-Nogues’ installation will be a remarkable convergence of digital computation, machine fabrication, and hand craft.

“The series title Suspensions refers to the act of disengaging from preconceived notions and intellectual interpretations, if only for a few moments, to apprehend the work with untethered expectation,” said Ball-Nogues. “In the installation at the IMA, there is an intentional duality at play—at one moment the implied surface frames views of the building and then at another obscures it, creating a clouded perspective of the building beyond.”

Ball-Nogues Studio’s sculpture is part of the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion installation series launched in February 2007 and made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the Indianapolis-based Efroymson Fund.  The works are installed on a rotating basis with a new commission from a different artist approximately every six months.  Artists who have previously exhibited in the space include Tony Feher, Orly Genger and Julianne Swartz, among others.

About BallNogues Studio

Ball-Nogues Studio is comprised of Benjamin Ball (b. 1968, Waterloo, Iowa) and Gaston Nogues (b. 1968, Buenos Aires, Argentina) both of whom live and work in Los Angeles, California.  They met as students at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, and are former employees of architect Frank Gehry at Gehry Partners.  Ball earned his Bachelor of Architecture at SCI-Arc in 1994 and worked at Gehry Partners while completing his degree.  After graduating, Ball went on to work as a set and production designer and art director for films, music videos, and commercials.  Nogues earned his Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc in 1993, and moved directly from school into a position in product design and production at Gehry Partners.  Ball and Nogues joined forces in 2005 and since that time have worked collaboratively with wide variety designers, engineers, and consultants.

In 2006, Ball-Nogues Studio was awarded the Best of Category distinction for Environments for their installation Maximilian's Schell by ID Magazine. Ball-Nogues is the recipient of two Los Angeles AIA Design Awards and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award for their installation Rip Curl Canyon. In 2007, their installation Liquid Sky was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art / P.S.1's Young Architect's Program competition. They are recipients of grants from the Durfee Foundation, the Graham Foundation, UCLA Arts Initiative, Otis College of Design and United States Artists. In 2008, their site-specific installation Echoes Converge appeared at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture and they have exhibited at Bejing Biennale, CAPC /arc en rêve centre d'architecture Bordeaux, and the Hong Kong / Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.  Their installation Feathered Edge debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in 2009.  The partners have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI Arc, UCLA and USC. Their work has appeared in publications worldwide including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Icon, Log 10, Sculpture, and Surface.

About the Efroymson Fund

The Efroymson Family established the Efroymson Fund through the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) to continue its tradition of philanthropic giving to causes in the central Indiana area.  The fund, which contributed the $5 million gift to the IMA that supported the construction of the Pavilion in 2002, was established to benefit several areas of interest including the arts, historic preservation, the environment and projects for the welfare of the Jewish people. It also has provided fellowships to support the work of emerging and established contemporary artists in Indiana.

Contemporary Art at the IMA

The IMA’s robust contemporary art program is evolving as a model for encyclopedic museums as they engage the art of our time.  With a renewed focus on its contemporary collection, the IMA has been actively seeking the works of new and emerging artists through both gift and acquisition, and in addition organizing major traveling exhibitions and commissioning site-specific installations.

Ball-Nogues Studio’s new commissionwill be one of several contemporary art exhibitions and installations premiering at the IMA in 2010. Other exhibitions of contemporary art at the IMA this fall include:

  • Body Unbound: Contemporary Couture from the IMA’s Collection(April 17, 2010–January 30, 2011) will examine the many ways designers have manipulated, transformed and liberated the female form since 1960.  The exhibition will feature iconic pieces of contemporary fashion, many recently added to the IMA’s growing collection of Fashion & Textile Arts.
  • Jeppe Hein (May 7–September 5, 2010), will be a multi-part exhibition of Copenhagen-based artist Jeppe Hein, consisting of a 4,000-square-foot installation in the IMA’s Forefront Galleries that will feature Hein’s site-specific work Distance, and anew outdoor experiential artwork on the museum grounds, titled Bench Around the Lake, for the inaugural installations in 100 Acres, opening on June 20, 2010.


About the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States, and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European and contemporary art, as well as a newly established collection of design arts. The IMA offers visitors an expansive view of arts and culture through its collection of more than 54,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of history from across the world’s continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.

Recognizing the inherent connections among art, design and nature, the IMA offers visitors experiences at the Museum, in 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which will be one of the largest contemporary art parks in the United States when it opens in June 2010, and at Oldfields–Lilly House & Gardens, an historic Country Place Era estate on the IMA’s grounds.

The IMA completed a $74 million expansion project in May 2005. The construction added 164,000 square feet to the Museum and includes renovation of 90,000 square feet of existing space. In order to present major exhibitions of its own and to accommodate major traveling exhibitions, the expanded Museum was outfitted with new 10,000-plus-square-foot Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery on the Museum’s first level.  In November 2008, the IMA opened the renovated 600-seat Tobias Theater.  Nicknamed, “The Toby,” the theater is a venue for talks, performances and films.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA and Lilly House are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit

Media Contacts:

Katie Zarich / Emily LytleIlana B. Simon / Molly Kurzius

IMAResnicow Schroeder Associates

317-920-2650/317-923-1331 x 252720-746-9552 / 212-671-5163

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Sat, 31 Jul 2010

Cradle for Santa Monica under construction, end of July anticipated completion

Formwork for Cradle under construction 

Model of formwork in the foreground, the actual formwork for Cradle is in the background


Tue, 29 Jun 2010 - Wed, 30 Jun 2010

Recent printed press about Ball Nogues Studio

Selected articles in print:

  • March April issue of Azure, Space Invaders by Mimi Zeiger
  • February Issue of Abitare, Shenzhen & Hong Kong by City Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism by Fabrizo Gallanti
  • Frame #73, Feathered Edge by Michael Webb
  • December 15, 2010, The Guardian, China's urban art shows off skyscraping ambition by James Wecott
  • January 2010 issue of Artforum, "Insiders" by   Rahma Khazam
  • February 2010 issue of Dwell, Feathered Edge
  • December 210 issue of Interior Design, Maximilian's Schell
  • Span N.01, Feathered Edge
  • Volume 31. 2009, Oz Journal, Kansas State University Press, Ball-Nogues Studio, Benjamin Ball
  • 2010 / 01, Landscape Architecture, China, Art Installations
  • Public Landscape, Hong Kong: Rhhan. 2010
  • Public Space, Hong Kong: Rhhan. 2010
  • Vol. 171, Hinge, Hong Kong, Floating Design
  • Volume 17, number 2, 2010. IDN International Designers Network, Hong Kong, Built to Wear
  • April 20, 2010. The Architects Newspaper, Table Setting, Sam Lubell
Fri, 18 Jun 2010 - Sun, 4 Jul 2010

Elastic Plastic Sponge will be shown in an Exhibition during the London Festival of Architecture

Spontaneous Schooling Exhibition 18 June 2010 - 4 July 2010.  Opening Event 18 June, 6 - 11pm Roundtable discussion on workshops 6 - 7pm 3.01 Tea Building, 5 - 13 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6JJ Sponsored by Nous 4m and Derwent London With the participation of hundreds of tutors and thousands of students, this exhibition will showcase the outcomes of architectural workshops around the world. The innovative exhibition design will display images of international workshops on faceted orbs that will hang as a field of information, interwoven with installations from workshops re-created in the space. At the opening of the exhibition a round table discussion will be held about the future of workshops and their role in the discipline. While workshops are rapidly becoming an important platform for experimentation and the production of ideas, they have never been critiqued outside of specific reviews, or as a broader methodology in architectural teaching. Nor have workshops ever been exhibited together and discussed as a key element of architectural education. Out of our own curiosity to expose and review workshops came ‘Spontaneous Schooling’. It is an exhibition and publication that aims to explore why workshops exist and provides some insight into their role in architectural education. Spontaneous Schooling will exhibit work that is different from that displayed at end of year shows or typical polished architectural exhibitions. The work is truly presented as an experiment or study. But it is precisely this unrefined quality that makes workshops popular. The Spontaneous Schooling exhibition will show some of the actual installations, drawings, and media created in the workshops featured. The parallel publication is to be used as a resource for tutors, and will explain in detail how the workshops were run. This is the first exhibition for Nous 4M (, a collaboration between Nous Gallery ( and 4M Group (, a London based architecture, construction, development and research company. Nous 4M was created as a resource for architects, designers and creatives to provide fabrication and production facilities for professionals and tutors, and affordable professional office space. In September, its 540m2 fabrication space will open, featuring 5 axis and 3 axis CNC milling machines and space for setting up workshops, furniture viewings, installations, small film sets,and mock-ups for buildings. Nous 4M will also be hosting workshops from London and abroad at its facilities. Also, Nous 4M will be letting affordable office space to up and coming firms, providing all the resources of a larger office. Please check for opening times and directions.

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Gaston Nogues to lecture at the Los Angeles Design Technology Forum

LADTF Website


The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee, is pleased to announce the third event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology. This lecture event will explore the intersection of digital methods with physical reality through the work of Ball-Nogues and BplusU.


Digital :: Physical           Ball-Nogues and BplusU

DATE: Thursday 17 June 2010,   FREE
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine, snacks, and social mixing
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $10, please see this link for information: parking map.
Post event libations and filler @ To be announced location

 Please RSVP to


Thu, 27 May 2010

Benjamin Ball in conversation with writer and curator Brooke Hodge at UC Irvine Graduate Art Department

Exact time yet to be determined

Text from UCI promotional materials.

The UC Irvine Studio Art Lecture Series "Perfect Lovers" attempts to complicate the traditional grad school lecture by pairing artists, curators, and culture-makers in conversation with each other. We want to offer our program and the public the vital event of seeing artists discuss their work in a more spontaneous way; and give artists the opportunity to share their work, interests and obsessions in dialogue.

As the clocks in Felix Gonzalez-Torres "Perfect Lovers" move in sync and out of sync, we believe that pairing speakers whose practices may coincide and conflict can better highlight the stakes and debates of contemporary practice.

Thu, 20 May 2010

Ball-Nogues is participating in the LACE Benefit Art Auction 

CURATORSAndrew Berardini, Barbara Bestor, Andrea Bowers, Kristin Calabrese & Joshua Aster, Carolyn Castaño, Tim Christian, David Dick, Tomory Dodge, Robert Fontenot & Glenn R. Phillips, Brooke Hodge, Julian Hoeber, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Jeff Kopp, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Kim McCarty, Jamie Rosenthal, Joy Silverman, Monique van Genderen and LACE.

Irina Alimanestianu, Carmen Argote, Kristin Calabrese & Joshua Aster, Darren Bader, Ball-Nogues Studio, Louise Bonnet, Heather Brown, Andrew Bush, Josh Callaghan, Terry Chatkupt, Susan Cianciolo, Matt Connors, Carlee Fernandez, Gary Garay, Kathryn Garcia, Jill Giegerich, Marsha Ginsberg, Sayre Gomez, April Greiman, Sherin Guirguis, Emlie Halpern, Naotaka Hiro, Hadley Holliday, Margaret Honda, Charles Irvin, Alice Cisternino Jackel, Adam Janes, Charles Karubian, Matt Keegan, Soo Kim, Karen Kimmel, Olga Koumoundouros, Eli Langer, Annie Lapin, Joseph Lee, Spencer Lewis, CK Lyons, Euan MacDonald, Jay McCafferty, Ian McDonald, Sandeep Mukherjee, D'Ette Nogle, William J. O'Brien, Michele O'Marah, Eamon Ore-giron, Claudia Padrucci, Heather Rasmussen, Sarada Rauch, Erwin Redl, Laura Riboli, Rebecca Ripple, Brett Cody Rogers, Lezley Saar, Shizu Saldamando, Sergio Sergio, Jeff Sheng, Lily Skolnick Simonson, Don Suggs, Ivan Terestchenko, Erin Trefry, Jeffrey Vallance, Ingrid von Sydow, Sage Vaughn, Mary Weatherford, Ken Weathersby , Bari Ziperstein (list in formation)

The evening will debut a new Wall Work Commission by Nick Lowe, and feature a collaborative performance by Dorian Wood / Killsonic with Ryan Heffington / Fingered Dancers. Costumes by Franc Fernandez.

General $50 advance / $75 door
Silver Circle $500 Duo / $250 Solo (Includes a year's worth of membership benefits. Learn more here.)
LACE Bundle $500 (10 tickets) 

Thu, 13 May 2010 7:30pm - 11:00pm

'Now Playing in Los Angeles' - An Evening of Performances and Videos about Play curated by Micol Hebron at Ball-Nogues Studio


Micol Hebron presents “Now Playing in Los Angeles”, an evening of videos and performances that address notions of ‘Play’ and all that the word entails. Featuring live performances by Dawn Kasper and John Kilduff, of “Let’s Paint Tv”, and a program of videos by local artists who address notions of Play in it’s various iterations.

Come Play With Us!

Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday May 13, 2010 7 – 10pm
Ball Nogues Studio, 410 S. Spring, Los Angeles, 90013 


Mon, 26 Apr 2010 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Table Cloth - Ball Nogues' Performance Space Debuts with Music at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall on April 26


Table Cloth for the Courtyard at Schoenberg Hall

Ball Nogues Studio

Tablecloth will officially open on the evening April 26th with a performance hosted by the Herb Alpert School of Music. Please confirm the start times. 

This project is a collaboration between the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, The Herb Alpert School of Music, and UCLA Design Media Arts

It is made possible by the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a UCLA Arts Initiative Grant from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Structural engineering and analysis by Buro Happold Los Angeles. Matthew Melnyk


The installation in the courtyard at Schoenberg Hall will serve as an integrated set piece and backdrop for performance and everyday social interaction. We understand the work as a table cloth to adorn and activate the architecture of the campus. Tables are places of social interaction. Dining tables, specifically, facilitate organization and communication within the typical American home. We see this project like the cloth adorning a dining table; however, at Schoenberg it will embellish a courtyard, an important social hub, and will facilitate community at the scale of the University. It can be used for a variety of community oriented activities, from musical practice to performance, dance to lectures, and from everyday social interaction to academic discussions. It will embellish the courtyard during the spring and part of the summer in 2010. The processes to manufacture, assemble, and dismantle the performance space are sustainable. We have utilized a holistic approach to design, manufacturing and re-purposing of building materials; a process we term "Cross Manufacturing."

The Table Cloth will be comprised of hundreds of individual low, coffee-style tables and three legged stools. Each of these household items will be a unique product in its own right and can be taken home by members of the UCLA community after the project is over. The tables and stools link together collectively to create a “fabric” that hangs from the east wall of the courtyard. When the Table Cloth meets the ground, it unrolls to form an intimate “in the round” performance area. Visitors can sit on the tables and stools within this area.

The installation can be configured in two ways:

Stage. A small stage platform will be at the center of the crescent shaped seating area. This stage will be 18 inches high and will only be present during organized performances. When one is performing some parts of the stage will stored.No Stage. Performances may take place on the ground anywhere within the courtyard. Approximately 25 individual “free floating” stools can be distributed throughout the performance area as desired. 

The configurations described above are only suggestions of how an audience and the performers' relationship can be mediated by the installation: the function of the Table Cloth is open ended. We hope that performers, choreographers, directors (to name a few examples) will invent uses and safe abuses for it. Perhaps, some performers will develop programs specifically for the space and will collaborate with other members of the UCLA community to create works showcase there.

This installation may not only serve as a backdrop and marker of a place for performance, but also can be a set or prop in the performance. It can be a neutral backdrop or provocative presence. It creates a context for interaction, perhaps inspiring a creative process from its conception to execution. To reduce liability there is to be no climbing on the Table Cloth, no standing on the seating elements and no standing on the stage unless one is a part of an organized performance.

Because of the work's size and the materials used, its presence within the space will help reduce reverberation and alter acoustical phenomena within the space.

Construction will begin at Ball-Nogues Studio in downtown Los Angeles during March followed by onsite assembly during the break between winter and spring quarters. Within the weeks before the break, campus facility personnel will be onsite to make preparatory alterations to the building. These will include drilling holes in the courtyard floor and welding tabs onto beams above two of the window openings on the east wall. We invite students from the University to help (assuming risk assessment authorities will allow this) and it is our hope that students from the School of the Arts, AUD, DMA, and the Herb Alpert School of Music will contribute. Furthermore, the construction process should help generate anticipation and enthusiasm for the project among students and faculty.

Upon dismantling, the seating and tables will be given away to the UCLA community. Our aim is for the project’s stakeholders to help promote this process by turning it into an event - perhaps accompanied by a performance.

Project Theory:

Spatial installations represent a growing phenomenon within our culture. There is a new demand for “instant” architecture. We see this in entire environments which become advertisements, like subway platforms; stage sets; window displays; and event spectacles. They have become forums for the production of architecturally scaled structures and spaces that exist for only a limited period. Our installation explores the making of structures which produce very little waste when their usefulness as architecture is complete. While there is an increasing interest among architects in recycling and repurposing architecture, our project moves beyond this approach to consider life cycle through the development of a "cross manufacturing" strategy. Cross manufacturing is a design and production approach that considers objects as part of a continuum. After the structure has served its use as a performance space, the components comprising the installation will be dismantled to become smaller scaled commodities, immediately available as coveted products - in this case tables and seating. Unlike recycling, which down-cycles material into a less valuable state, this scenario foresees small products made from the parts of a larger product (the installation itself).

“Diversified series” is a fitting description for the resulting products rather than the “standardized series” that typically results from a mass production approach. Each of the tables and seating elements will be industrially manufactured but will still be unique, contrasting the anonymity inherent in most industrially manufactured goods. At the end of the life of the installation, the approximately 500 tables and stools, no two alike, will be given away to the UCLA community.

By using a consumer good as its basic building block, the project expands and critiques notions of “green" architecture. As a visual concept, the installation serves as a symbolic gesture of sustainability and a poetic reminder that the buildings and pavilions we construct although seemingly timeless, are actually impermanent: frozen moments in an ongoing flow of products and materials. Outside of its environmental commentary, the installation dramatically re-contextualizes consumer products - symbols of mass consumption and standardization– into alternative gestures of hope and one of a kind manufacturing.

Tue, 6 Apr 2010 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Benjamin Ball Lecture at Woodbury University

Thu, 1 Apr 2010 - Tue, 8 Jun 2010

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues teaching at UCLA Graduate Department of Architecture and Urban Design

Course Description

Paperwork – Studies in Pulp

Paperwork will be a hands-on seminar where students apply molded paper pulp techniques to structural and architectural problems. Molded pulp has been used for years to make strong and intricate shapes in the packaging industry. It has received little consideration, until now, within the field of architecture. Paper pulp and its associated processes of fabrication hold promise for architectural applications. Some potential uses are wall and decorative panel systems, architectural fixtures, acoustics, insulation, furniture, sculptural detail, model making and others. Because of its potential, in this seminar, we will conduct thoughtful exploration of this material and its capabilities.  

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 - Fri, 23 Apr 2010


 Ball Nogues will be part an architectural drawing show.  

WUHO, Woodbury School of Architecture: Hollywood Gallery, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

"Architectural drawings have a variety of uses: to instruct, inform, indulge, confuse, confirm, congratulate and console. The most worthwhile are those that undertake these essential architectural tasks on behalf of the producer rather than the consumer. When this is the case, which is rare, then such drawings do indeed become an integral part of thearchitecture they portray rather than a cypher for thoughts translated elsewhere, and by other means."

-Cedric Price

Drawing is a major and parallel mode of expression for many of today's progressive architects. Therefore, we propose 2D3D, a comprehensive annual exhibition of architectural drawings, to be inaugurated March 25, 2010 in
the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery (WUHO). 



Tue, 9 Mar 2010

Built to Wear wins the Innovation Award at the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism

Our project Built to Wear won an Innovation Award at the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture!!

Nominated by the curators first, then selected by the Academic Committee, the Shenzhen Biennale Organizer Committee presented the following awards for the participant works: Organizer Committee Award, Documents Award, Innovation Award and Public Choice Award.

You can view the winning projects here:

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this project! American Apparel and project volunteers - you are the best!

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 - Wed, 28 Apr 2010

Ball Nogues Studio at the Guggenheim, a project with collaboration from Jessica Fleischmann

Text from the Guggenheim Press Release

Since its opening in 1959, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Guggenheim building has served as an inspiration for invention, challenging artists and architects to react to its eccentric, organic design. The central void of the rotunda has elicited many unique responses over the years, which have been manifested in both site-specific solo shows and memorable exhibition designs. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Organized by Nancy Spector, Chief Curator, and David van der Leer, Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, the exhibition will feature renderings of these visionary projects in a salon-style installation that will emphasize the rich and diverse range of the proposals received. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Aristotle famously pronounced that nature abhors a vacuum, an idea that still resonates in art today. In designing the Guggenheim Museum, Wright flaunted the notion of the void, leaving the center tantalizingly (or threateningly) empty. Over the years, when creating site-specific installations or exhibition designs for the building, artists and architects have imbued the space with their presences, inspiring unforgettable works by Matthew Barney, Cai Guo- Qiang, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, and Nam June Paik, among others. For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim invited scores of artists to leave practicality or even reality behind in conjuring their proposals for the space. In this exhibition of ideal projects, certain themes emerge, including the return to nature in its primordial state, the desire to climb the building, the interplay of light and space, the interest in diaphanous effects as a counterpoint to the concrete structure, and the impact of sound on the environment. Conceived as both a commemoration and a self-reflexive folly, Contemplating the Void confirms how truly catalytic the architecture of the Guggenheim can be.

Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of artists, designers, and architects, including emerging as well as established practitioners. In addition to the exhibition in the Thannhauser and Annex Level 4 galleries, Contemplating the Void will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition Web site, which will document each submission and feature introductory essays texts by Nancy Spector and David van der Leer.



Wed, 3 Feb 2010 - Sun, 28 Mar 2010

Ball Nogues cardboard projects in a show in Paris at Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine.

Paris at Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine

Check it out if you are in Paris and let us know how it looks!

Fri, 15 Jan 2010 4:00pm

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Lecture

Benjamin Ball to lecture in the Berg Gallery at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as part of the Hearst Lectures.
Thu, 14 Jan 2010 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk - January

For the January Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Ball Nogues Studio will host a new performance by Corey Fogel and Laida Lertxundi. 2010 15 GUITAR, 15 BASS, 15 SAXO-CLARINET, 1 BATTERIE, AND SCORES OF PROJECTED CLOUDS. A collaboration between slowly moving image and slowly moving music. 45 + one musicians form a pointillistic sonorous field in dialogue with a projected score of clouds. The mass of sound shifts, proceeds, and resets, prompted by signals embedded in the image. It is an experiment in mutual accompaniment where the relationship of film:music is transformed. Each part functions as a score for the other creating a magnified collective of minor events. We will likely be closing the doors when the performance begins. We are located at 410 South Spring Street, Los Angeles 90013. Please see our Facebook event page for more details and up to the minute information.
Fri, 11 Dec 2009 - Fri, 15 Jan 2010

From My Universe: Objects of Desire

Ball Nogues work at Seeline Gallery in West Hollywood as part of the show From My Universe: Objects of Desire. Curated by Janet Levy, the show features work by Ball Nogues, Kendell Carter, Michael Dee Todd Gray,Evan Holloway, Seth Kaufman, Liz Larner, Eamon O'Kane, Antonio Adriano Puelo, Keith Walsh, and Pae White

Ben member of 'Bigger than a Breadbox' competition jury


Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building

from the website:

The Intent

During the last several decades architecture has been deeply affected by the profession's continued interest in the spatial medium of installation. While its accessibility, expediency, and ephemerality have been central to its general appeal, its ability to encapsulate emerging aspects of architecture has made it especially attractive to those seeking to expatiate the multivalent nature of architecture. Resulting in an artifact located in the design space between objects and buildings, installations have been used by artist and designers around the globe to expound upon the minutiae of the spatial condition.

During the 1960s and 1970s installation art first gained value as an artistic medium due to its ability to integrate emerging technologies and hybrid artistic-spatial mediums into the traditional categories of the fine arts, calling into question the premise of art itself and resulting in a dramatic shift in the way that artists are able to engage their craft, the physicality of space, and the participatory agency of the audience. The medium has proven similar value to architecture, allowing for the spatial condition to respond to and incorporate new technology, cultural/social agency, material experimentation, and theoretical agendas in a manner which challenges traditional connotations of the profession itself.

The Exhibition

From June 17th – October 4th of 2015 the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space gallery will host 'Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building,' a gallery exhibition that will examine the appropriation of installation in contemporary architectural practice. While in no way the first excursion into the topic, the exhibition will specifically focus on projects which leverage the medium as an investigative tool, exploring ideas and phenomena that extend beyond the physicality of the installation itself. Although the exhibition will include multiple curated projects from the greater Boston region, an international competition will be held to gather examples of work indicative of the global scope of installation's application within contemporary practices.

It is the curators' hope that submitted projects not only showcase how the medium can be used to explore architectural ideas, but also its ability to provoke questions pertaining to the state of contemporary architecture. While the competition does support the broad interpretation of installation, it does so within the very specific context of the iterative design/research process.

Unlike most design competitions it does not solicit wholly new work, nor does it simply request documentation of prior project; rather it supports a hybrid of the two, asking participants to iterate and reimagine previous installation projects, revisiting the agenda of the earlier work within the specific context of the competition brief. This new iteration is meant to further the research at the core of the previous project, responding to and incorporating the knowledge gained from the prior work. This aligns the emphasis of the competition with that of the Breadbox exhibition, focusing on the ideas being investigated by the installation rather than the installation itself.

The Challenge

The location for the proposed installation is the building lobby at 290 Congress Street in Boston, MA, a double-height space which presently serves as a the primary building lobby to a number of professional offices and a “pass-through" space to adjacent buildings. The location provides limited seating to an adjacent café, as well as access to a large internal staircase and elevator. The staircase provides an immediate connection (physically and visually) between the lobby space and the BSA gallery space on the second floor.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the building lobby at 290 Congress Street during its public hours of 7am – 10pm.

The competition requires that two projects be submitted:

  1. A past built installation project that used the medium to engage a topic (disciplinary or not) external to the installation itself.
  2. A proposed installation for the lobby at 290 Congress Street that builds upon the work done in the first project.

The thread of the external idea should tie the two projects together and be evident in the proposal for 290 Congress Street, furthering the depth of its exploration rather than just re-applying it.

In addition to the two projects, the competition also requires the submission of an abstract which concisely discusses the idea(s) being investigated and how the installation showcases this. Applicants are encouraged to also include this abstract as part of their presentation of the proposed installation, but it is not required.

Please see below for further details on the submission itself.

The proposed intervention should strive to activate the existing space as well as actively engage gallery visitors and building occupants.

The intervention should not disrupt the day-to-day circulation through the lobby and should have a limited footprint of approximately 150 square feet on the ground level with the possibility of expanding outward at a level above 8 feet. Proposals can be double height and extend to the ceiling.

The proposed intervention can either be supported at the ground level lobby floor or, in the case of a lightweight system, suspended; a combination of dead loading and suspension is possible as well. Suspension is to be achieved through the use of beam clamps and metal rod connected to the concealed structure above the ceiling. Access to the steel beams is possible between the exposed wood beams and the white suspended ceiling.

The competition is open to (but not limited to) architects, designers, students, engineers, and technologist that engage the medium of installation as an exploratory tool. All interested parties, regardless of geographic location, are strongly encouraged to submit entries.

The professional practices and/or collaborations of the competition jurors and exhibition curators are not eligible to participate in the competition.


Project brief – a PDF document containing all the information regarding the competition itself, including copyright and publication details.

Project files – a ZIP file containing both CAD drawings (dxf format) and a 3D model (3dm format) of the space.

Project photos – a ZIP file containing photographs of the building lobby (jpg format).


All inquiries should be directed to the 'Bigger than a Bread Box, Smaller than a Building' exhibition curators at Any requests/questions that may pose useful to others will be posted on the competition website.


The jurying process will take place in two stages. The preliminary stage will narrow the field of entrants, which will then be ranked and awarded by the final jury. Announcements regarding the results of the primary and final jury will only take place after the final jury has made their decision.

The preliminary jury will include:

  • Robert Trumbour, AIA - exhibition curator, Khôra (Boston, MA); Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Aaron Willette - exhibit curator, Khôra (Ann Arbor, MI); University of Michigan
  • Emily Grandstaff-Rice, AIA - Past President, Boston Society of Architects
  • Mary Fichtner - Director of Programs and Exhibits, BSA Space
  • Representative from (TBD)
  • Representative from Boston Properties (TBD)

The final jury will include:

  • Benjamin Ball - Ball-Nogues Studio (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Shauna Gilles - Smith, RLA - Ground (Boston, MA); Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA - MPdL Studio (Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY; Boston, MA);
    University of Michigan
  • Jenny Sabin - Jenny Sabin Studio (Philadelphia, PA); Cornell University
  • J. Frano Violich, FAIA - Kennedy Violich Architecture, Ltd. (Boston, MA)

Ball-Nogues selected as 50 under 50 innovators of the 21st century

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues were selected as one of the "50 Under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century" by jury: Stanley Tigerman, Jeanne Gang, Qingyun Ma, and Marion Weiss. Ball-Nogues Studio work will be included in the book to be published in 2015 by The Images Publishing Group.