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Sanlitun North. Beijing, China. 2007. Photo: Courtesy of Shuhe Photography.

Founded in 1993 by partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, LOT-EK is noted for its inventive reuse of prefabricated objects and industrial materials. LOT-EK is committed to ecologically responsible methods of construction, and incorporates unexpected elements such as oil tankers and shipping containers in its residential, commercial, and institutional projects. Its Mobile Dwelling Unit is a shipping container transformed into housing for individuals moving around the globe; the New Jalisco Library in Guadalajara, Mexico, incorporates Boeing 727/737 fuselages. Blurring the boundaries between architecture, sculpture, and entertainment, the firm was a National Design Award finalist for Environment Design in 2001.