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.
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
Across the world, many consider coffee to be part of their bare necessities. This sentiment certainly rings true for the creative community in Prague’s industrial Kralín neighborhood with GROUNDS.
Mihail Kurnosov Designs a Minsk Apartment Wall-to-Wall
Mihail Kurnosov of Art Depo Studio uses color and creative shapes to define this family’s apartment in Minsk.
This Home Studio for a Creative Duo is Designed to Disappear into its Surroundings
Dubbed the Missing Studio, this home studio for a pair of creatives is an integral part of its surroundings thanks to Stance Architecture.
Designers Transform Historic Buildings into an Inviting Boutique Hotel in Charleston
See how designers at Method Co turned Victorian-era structures into a 25-room, boutique hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.