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Studio Ossidiana. Photo: Loes van Duijvendijk

Studio Ossidiana. Photo: Loes van Duijvendijk

Studio Ossidiana
Utomhusverket 2021

4 June - 10 October

During the summer of 2021 Exercisplan at ArkDes becomes a place to discover new ways of being together. Studio Ossidiana designs an outdoor gathering space for everyone to make their own and celebrate being among one another.

The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the ways and the extent to which we share spaces. As we recall common experiences in the city, the importance of our public realm becomes clearer. Studio Ossidiana responds to this shifting reality with this year’s summer installation at ArkDes, creating an experimental platform for outdoor gathering in the centre of Stockholm.

Conceived as an archipelago of activities and encounters, Studio Ossidiana’s installation is a celebration of the potential of public space. From play and meditation to open-air community meetings and demonstrations, their design sets a stage for new ways of being together. It highlights the symbolic action of shared experiences – with others, with nature, and with our surroundings.

Utomhusverket

Utomhusverket is ArkDes’s annual summer outdoor installation. With each commission, it stitches the spaces of the museum to the streets of the city by way of a large-scale outdoor installation, creating a testing ground that makes room for architects and designers to imagine new possibilities for public life. Each iteration seeks to demonstrate the potential of inclusive and design-driven public space, enabling individual and collective action in the heart of the city.

Studio Ossidiana

Studio Ossidiana is an architecture, design, and research practice based in The Netherlands, founded in 2015. Led by Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti, the studio works to blur the boundary between architecture, design, art, landscape, and urban strategies. Playfulness, tactility, and inclusivity thread their projects: stories are told and objects are brought to life through materials and spaces that call for action, discovery, and wonder.

Studio Ossidiana

Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Exhibition Producer: Johanna Fogel

Images from the exhibition


'Amsterdam Allegories' (2018). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Amsterdam Allegories' (2018). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Cast Soils'. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Cast Soils'. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Playground' (2020). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Playground' (2020). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Playground' (2020). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Playground' (2020). Photo: Kyoungtae Kim. Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Variations on a Birdcage' (2020). Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

'Variations on a Birdcage' (2020). Courtesy of Studio Ossidiana.

Louise Helmfrid

Louise Helmfrid

Read more about the exhibition

The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the ways and the extent to which we share spaces. As we recall common experiences in the city, the importance of our public realm becomes clearer. Studio Ossidiana responds to this shifting reality with this year’s summer installation at ArkDes, creating an experimental platform for outdoor gathering in the centre of Stockholm.

Conceived as an archipelago of activities and encounters, Studio Ossidiana’s installation is a celebration of the potential of public space. From play and meditation to open-air community meetings and demonstrations, their design sets a stage for new ways of being together. It highlights the symbolic action of shared experiences – with others, with nature, and with our surroundings.

Utomhusverket

Utomhusverket is ArkDes’s annual summer outdoor installation. With each commission, it stitches the spaces of the museum to the streets of the city by way of a large-scale outdoor installation, creating a testing ground that makes room for architects and designers to imagine new possibilities for public life. Each iteration seeks to demonstrate the potential of inclusive and design-driven public space, enabling individual and collective action in the heart of the city.

Studio Ossidiana

Studio Ossidiana is an architecture, design, and research practice based in The Netherlands, founded in 2015. Led by Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti, the studio works to blur the boundary between architecture, design, art, landscape, and urban strategies. Playfulness, tactility, and inclusivity thread their projects: stories are told and objects are brought to life through materials and spaces that call for action, discovery, and wonder.

Studio Ossidiana

Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Exhibition Producer: Johanna Fogel