Justin Korhammer and Florencia Kratsman
Justin Korhammer has been collaborating with several internationally renowned architectural firms since 1993, including Daniel Libeskind, Eisenman Architects and Steven Holl Architects. During his seven years at Steven Holl Architects, he was responsible for several award-winning projects, most recently the Het Oosten Headquarters in Amsterdam. He has been teaching design studios at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands and at Columbia University in New York. Mr. Korhammer is also working as an independent architecture critic and freelance writer for several international architecture magazines.
Florencia Kratsman holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico, a Bachelor in Architecture from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Science in Architectural Design from Columbia University. She was a collaborator of the Internationally acclaimed artist and architect Maya Lin, with whom she developed a wide range of projects from furniture design for Knoll International to urban scale public projects. Ms. Kratsman has been a jury critic at Columbia University and New York Institute of Technology and she is writing a bimonthly architecture column for the Spanish newspaper EL Nuevo Dia.
Anima seeks to combine architecture, furniture and spatial experience into an integrated whole. Inspired by the textures and formal expressions of our everyday environment we are looking to engage the familiar with the new, innovative and unusual. We activate efficient spaces with strategic objects of manifold condensed functionality to communicate an atmosphere of intelligence, simplicity and playfulness.
Anima understands each project as a unique opportunity to develop an individual design concept, customized to the particular nature and economic possibilities of the client. We work in close collaboration with manufacturers and contractors and see our involvement in the construction process as an integral aspect of the design.
Anima encourages the user to explore his spatial preferences and needs. We understand design as an evolutionary and ongoing process, open for adaptation and interpretation. Our goal is not to create an idealized architectural image but to provide an organic setting that can adapt in time.
Anima LLC has extensive experience in the renovation of existing residential structures as well as innovative new construction. Our strength lies in understanding the particular challenges and opportunities of a site and to develop a unique and ambitious solution within given parameters.
The size of our firm allows us to dedicate our full attention and manpower to your project. Justin Korhammer or Florencia Kratsman will be personally available to attend to your ideas and concerns at all times, from the first to the last day of the project.