Contribute to a range of issues, including urban environments and environmental problems
Designed by Prague-based design studio KOGAA, AIR SQUARE is a transportable venue that activates underused urban spaces by bringing them purpose and a vibrant public life. It responds to the need to alleviate climate change issues by tackling overexposed heat islands and lack of green and livable public spaces. The upper ring is designed as a large shading system that mitigates, cools, and delivers refuge from heat. At night it provides illumination to dark and less safe urban corners.
It is a placemaker improving the quality of the urban environment in a punctuated manner and contributes to building a resilient blue-green city, consequently bringing spatial quality, living environment, health, biodiversity, and property value.
Built for diversity and equality, ensures barrier-free access and permeability within the city flow.
Positionable benches enable for multiple functions and programs such as public functions, performances, farmers markets, or serving as an all-in-one public furniture with seating, lighting, and shading in one AIR SQUARE creates a space that boosts the quality of life in our cities and ensure more fulfilling ways of living together.
The body combines two main parts: a structural foundation at the base, and an inflatable component at the top, measuring altogether 14 mt in diameter and 6 mt in height. Separate components are packed and ready to go, together with most hardware and assembly instructions to assist the construction process. Also, the base functions as the anchor between the upper ring and the ground, through a fastening system that makes it attached during wind flutters. Lastly, it is raised at a height for people to pass through it, making it accessible and permeable within the city flow.
Founded in 2015 by Tomas Kozelsky, Alexandra Georgescu, and Viktor Odstrčilík, KOGAA has offices in Prague and Brno, Czech Republic. KOGAA is a DESIGN VANGUARD 2021 Winner and awarded the Czech Architecture Award 2021 by the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the DADA Distrikt reconstruction project. Based on a strong belief that the more the architect is involved in the whole process, the more efficient, coherent, and sustainable the building is, KOGAA takes pride in leading projects throughout the whole process from the strategy and business plan, through concept and feasibility studies, to technical documentation and getting the permissions, all the way to construction administration, and the strategy to generate attraction.