4 Global Firms Reinvent Outdoor Space
From Prague to St. Louis, firms are inventing and repurposing outdoor space with newfound creativity.
Golden Barnyard, Cockaigne of Everyman, Shanghai
On a working rice and rapeseed farm, a 2-acre expanse once used for food processing has been converted into a place for outside movie screenings and similar activities, named after the land of plenty from medieval lore, complete with rolling piles of “grain” in porous yellow concrete.
VisKringloop, Wieringermeer, Netherlands
A collaboration between the landscape architecture firm, artist Pé Okx, and ecologist Cor ten Haaf, visitors can climb a painted-steel staircase for a birds-eye view of this earthwork, its ripplelike forms symbolizing the life cycle of the fish that live within and part of a 40-acre site devoted to improving their migration between fresh and salt water.
Air Square, Prague
A partnership with hot-air balloon maker Kubícˇek Visionair yielded prefabricated, recyclable partitions of inflatable FR-coated polyester that, when supported by a base of CNC-cut plywood planks, can be arranged into a 20-foot-high, interlocking circle for a partially shaded and protected plug-in park or performance locale.
Kiku Obata & Company
Spring Church, St. Louis
Courtesy of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the limestone shell of a 19th-century Gothic revival–style church ravaged by fire has been fortified and revitalized into a combination open-air house of worship/public art space, which recently featured Jordan Weber’s installation All Our Liberations, its three tiers painted with words by local poet Cheeraz Gormon.
A Tiny Concrete Structure by Bobby Niven Offers Writer Residencies in Scotland
Bobby Niven creates an installation on the grounds of Scotland’s Arbroath Abbey that doubles as a writing residency.
Wutopia Lab Breathes New Life into a 1970s Watertower on the Chinese island of Chongming
Wutopia Lab creates the Memorial of Everyman in a former water tower to honor the site’s history.
KOGAA Crowns Coffee Hub GROUNDS with a Halo of Plants
GROUNDS, a coffee shop with a natural aesthetic, becomes a local hub for a creative community in an industrial neighborhood in Prague.
OOIIO Arquitectura Transforms a Haberdashery into a Chic Loft
A haberdashery invites sophistication—and a touch of whimsy. That sentiment is perfectly reflected in a vibrant Madrid loft, which was once such a space.
Art and Nature Take Center Stage in This Aspen Residence
For a spectacular mountainside residence in Aspen, Colorado, CCY Architects creates a stunning space where the great outdoors meet great art.
SheltonMindel Designs a Miami Home Fit for Beach Days
This Miami apartment by SheltonMindel embraces the surf and sky with a shimmering palette, a focus on light, and architectural furnishings.