Natural Resources Defense Council Chicago, nushu architecture

Natural Resources Defense Council is a non-profit international environmental advocacy group, with offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing, working towards policies and partnerships for a better environment. All construction in their offices must adhere to strict codes with respect to energy and consumption. nushu architects chose felt for the resource room in the NRDC Chicago offices and worked with the studio to specify the use of remnants and off-cuts from previous projects to create a backdrop for this study area.

The image below shows the "before" and "after" in the process of using remnants and offcuts to build anew. Through a creative process set by these limitations, Walter makes a feature wall of painterly tone and texture.

A year later NRDC commissioned another felt wall for the Chicago office. With nushu again on board working with the studio, the FELT ripple was given a variation in form with the folds tightest in the center, increasing in width as they spread to the outer edges.