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Architects create pop-up studio for London’s artists

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Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas have revealed this 4m² studio for the London Festival of Architecture


Built as part of the festival, the installation was designed to provide an affordable space challenging the current worries of creatives being pushed out of London as a result of rising prices.

The modest 4m2 studio space is designed to be easily constructible in backyards, on rooftops and in abandoned spaces.

The modular steel frame box features a folding window which lifts to reveal one side of the workspace while providing a canopy shelter.

Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas

Architect’s view 

London has always represented a hub for creative minds but recently these financial pressures have turned ‘creativity’ into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford an education and pay the rent without a fixed work income. Creativity should not be linked to a social status. It arises within people and therefore anyone should be granted the opportunity to investigate, experiment, rehearse and play. To do this we need more affordable spaces 

Minima Moralia is a critical installation, a manifesto of social hope with no political intention. Inspired by our namesake, T. Adorno 1951’s masterpiece, it investigates and reflects our “damaged lives” in current London condition. 

Minima Moralia offers tiny, cellular pop-up spaces to be inhabited by designers, sculptors, painters, musicians and other creatives alike. It is a social experiment. It promotes human interaction and interconnection between private spaces and public use. London Housing typology often includes green areas and backyards, which are sometimes abandoned or misused. This project is a type of urban acupuncture that targets those places and effectively brings life into them. 

Minima Moralia interacts with the context. The space allows a glimpse into the creative process and the crafting abilities that take place inside. Openings are designed to give a range of options to interact with the outside world. 


Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas

Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas


Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas

Minima Moralia by Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas

Project data

Location Dalston Roof Park, London
Type of project installation
Client N/A
Architect Tomaso Boano & Jonas Prišmontas
Start on site 29 May 2016
Completion date 30 May 2016
Gross internal area 4m2

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