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
GROUNDS, a coffee shop with a natural aesthetic, becomes a local hub for a creative community in an industrial neighborhood in Prague.
Headquarters Reboot: Standard Architecture x Nadel
Nadel’s headquarters reboot included multiple skylights, outdoor lounges, and a plan to bridge the bi-level interiors, thanks to Standard Architecture.
Houston’s Brava Tower Blends Newspaper History with Modern Luxury
Brava, a rental tower by MaRS and Munoz + Albin, makes headlines with nods to its site’s newspaper history, underscored by contemporary art and amenities.
This Home Sits on an Exclusive São Paolo Golf Course
Sited on an exclusive golf course near São Paolo, lush greens and local stone distinguish an expansive ground-up home by Studio Arthur Casas.