Studio Other Spaces
The 17th Biennale Architettura asks: how will we live together? In response, Studio Other Spaces co-founders, artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann, in collaboration with six co-designers, have created Future Assembly – a congregation of more-than-human stakeholders nominated by over fifty creative practices from around the world and united in a more-than-human conversation. Inspired in part by the United Nations, Future Assembly responds to the transformed demands on Earth by amplifying more-than-human voices and generating a space for new structures of dialogue. Future Assembly is one contribution among other proposals for forging the new spatial contract the Earth urgently needs.
Studio Other Spaces, founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann in Berlin in 2014, connects art and architecture through works on interdisciplinary and experimental building projects and artworks for public space.
Seeking to expand the practice of architecture, we aim at finding experiment-based methods for designing space. Our involvement begins by analyzing the situation and results in the reality of the built project. This website reflects our approach to a holistic architecture practice: you can either view our work categorized by projects or sorted by perspectives, which include the multiple influences and trajectories.
Both paths show the same content, categorized and presented in two different ways.
The design of Lyst Restaurant in Vejle's Fjordenhus shows our experimental approach to a project. A reflection of the interconnectivity of all surrounding elements, basic raw materials are shaped by way of simple methods. The interior design, custom-made furniture and dining utensils were inspired by the restaurant's unique cuisine, complementing the fine dining experience by way of an unexpected design aesthetic.
As part of the reinvention of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, we designed Common sky, a sculpture that uses transparent glass and mirror reflections to modulate visitors’ views into the trees of the park. The structure generates an ever-changing shadow pattern on the ground. This project forms a new public space connecting the existing Bunshaft Gallery, the surrounding park, and the new master plan and addition designed by OMA.
SOS has designd a permanent work of art for the 15th and 16th floor of the Morland Mixité Capitale building in Paris. And across the Mediterranean in Addis Ababa, the Meles Zenawi Memorial Park – a campus including five buildings and a park – is currently under construction.
Studio Other Spaces's first institutional solo exhibition ‘The Design of Collaboration’ at Kunst Meran Merano Arte in South Tyrol, Italy, was on display from September 2020 through January 2021. The show offered a tour through SOS's working methods and featured the studio's strong emphasis on collaboration.