Currently under construction is our new mixed-use facility in Lagos. The design links the concept of recycling with traditional craftsmanship. Re-used intermodal shipping containers become the main structural element. For sun shading, we investigated the potential of traditional rattan weaving on façade panels, which create a transitional space between outside and inside. Stay tuned and find out all details soon.
Currently under construction is our new mixed-use facility in Lagos. The engineers and craftsmen and women of Adisa Design Studio (general contractor) have worked hard to bring the complex building design to life.
Structures of Displacement refers to the joint project between the [applied] Foreign Affairs lab of the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the conception and design of the Agricultural Training Center in Harsham Camp in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan (2016 -2019).
The project contributes to the overall UN brief of ”integrated stabilization, economic recovery and reconstruction support for displaced persons and returnees”. As part of the project, [a]FA mapped the camp to identify economic networks, habitats, and individual stories. In order to reflect on the project, Structures of Displacement was also organized as an exhibition and symposium that took place at the Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna in October 2019.
Because of our commitment to sustainability and the environment, the Director of Studio Elementals, Stefanie Theuretzbacher has qualified to be an EDGE Expert. She can now lead a project through the green building certification process.
NEW BOOK “Positions – Unfolding Architectural Endeavors”
Ed. by Maja Ozvaldič, Bence Pap, Indrė Umbrasaitė, and the IoA Institute of Architecture presents the works and ideas of graduates from the Institute for Architecture. Edition Angewandte Series
In the context of the 150-year anniversary of the University for Applied Arts, SLIVER presented as “positions” the works and ideas of graduates from the Institute for Architecture created in the course of the last three decades. This publication presents these as a cross-section through time and as a pulsating exchange covering the challenges faced by the teaching and practice of architecture, research, and design culture in the past, present, and future.
A hub for adult education with greenhouses for vegetable production
The Harsham Camp ATC in Erbil, the largest city in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, was officially inaugurated today by Begard Talabani, Iraq’s Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Benoit Wuatelet, UNIDO Programme Coordination Specialist, Stefanie Theuretzbacher, project architect. The opening ceremony was hosted by UNIDO, in collaboration with the [applied] Foreign Affairs Lab of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, who conceived the project.
Harsham is the temporary home of 1500 IDPs, who were forced to leave Ninewa and other northern governorates of Iraq affected by the recent conflict with the Islamic State. Women especially, have few perspectives and possibilities in the everyday life of the camp. The new training center consists of an educational hub, green houses and a garden on 8000 square meters of land. The camp’s inhabitants know how to grow vegetable, now they receive adequate space to supply themselves with fresh food, for communal exchange and income.
Together with Aderemi Adegbite, and Olamide Udoma-Ejorh, Stefanie Theuretzbacher was jury member of the logo competition for this year’s German teaching conference in Lagos. We selected the best designs for the German-Nigerian cooperation “Sabi German for Naija”.
Congratulations to the winners Ireyimika Ajala, Blessing Ayomide Adebayo, Sulaimon Adekunle, James Okpare Okemute, Isaac Temitope Busari, Precious Tobore Ohwerhi
Studio Elementals hosts a Bridge Series Dinner of the Lagos Urban Network starting at our office. The Lagos Urban Network Bridge Series is a monthly series of talk sessions, dinners, film screening nights, debates and other events that bring together professionals and students interested in their city to come together and get engaged in conversations that enrich and promote their shared interests. This series is a chance for young students to network with professionals focused on city development in a relaxed and informal setting over food and drinks. We had good discussions about practicing architecture, youth involvement in urbanism, public spaces in Lagos, and much more.
The new agricultural training center in Erbil, Iraq is under construction. The Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung published an article about the collaborative project of the [applied] Foreign Affairs lab (University of Applied Arts Vienna) and UNIDO, and local challenges. Baerbel Mueller, head of the [applied] Foreign Affairs Lab (University of Applied Arts Vienna), and Stefanie Theuretzbacher, the project architect, give insight in the conceptual focus of the project: providing IDPs with the possibility of leading an independent life: by offering training, communal space, food supply and income.