KNOWSPACE was founded in New York, matured in Vienna and Hangzhou, and currently operates from Berlin. The studio works internationally - with an equally cosmopolitan and local emphasis and a focus on German-speaking countries and China.
By making innovative use of architectural typologies and materials, coupled with a social, public and urban agenda, the studio works on architectural projects of all scales - from interior design to entire cities. It sees its role as that of a mediator and facilitator of the complex interaction between cultural, political, economic and physical forces at play in architectural projects. Technical, inter-cultural and bilingual competences ensure effective concept development and smooth project handling locally as well as across continental borders.
Previously completed projects range from major new buildings such as the extension of a courthouse in Sankt Pölten or studio houses for a renowned Chinese painter, to a public square design and small pavilions in public spaces, for example, in Ai Weiwei's Jinhua Architecture Park.
In addition to building, also teaching and design research are essential components of KNOWSPACE's architectural practice, most recently as professor of architectural design at China's most prestigious art academy in Hangzhou. The continuous interaction of professional practice, research and teaching generates knowledge that serves as the basis for typological reinvention, innovative design solutions of spatial and programmatic complexity, as well as for the production of polyvalent space and ambiguous form.