4 global companies are reinventing the outdoor space

From Prague to Saint-Louis, companies are inventing and redeveloping outdoor space with renewed creativity.

Wutopia Laboratory

Golden Barnyard, Everyman’s Cockaigne, Shanghai

At a working rice and rapeseed farm, a 2-acre expanse once used for food processing has been converted into a venue for outdoor film screenings and similar activities, named after the land of plenty in the medieval tradition, with rolling heaps of “grain” in porous yellow concrete.


VisKringloop, Wieringermeer, Netherlands

A collaboration between landscape architecture firm, artist Pé Okx and environmentalist Cor ten Haaf, visitors can climb a painted steel staircase for a bird’s eye view of this earthwork, its undulating shapes symbolizing the cycle life of fish that live inside and part of a 40-acre site dedicated to improving their migration between fresh and salt water.


Air Square, Prague

A partnership with hot air balloon manufacturer Kubícˇek Visionair has produced recyclable prefabricated partitions in FR-coated inflatable polyester which, when supported by a base of CNC-cut plywood planks, can be arranged in a 20-foot-high interlocking circle for a partially shaded and protected plug-in park or performance venue.

Kiku Obata & Company

Spring Church, St. Louis

Courtesy of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the limestone shell of a fire-ravaged 19th-century Gothic Revival church has been fortified and revitalized into a combination of open-air worship and space of public art, which recently featured Jordan Weber’s installation All Our Liberations, its three levels painted with words by local poet Cheeraz Gormon.