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Sotamaa Research

Kivi Sotamaa Research Studios

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PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES VOL01 INTRODUCTION VOL02 ARCHITECTURE VOL03 INTERIORS VOL04 EXHIBITION ARCHITECTURE VOL05 FURNITURE & LIGHT VOL06 PRODUCTS VOL07 ART & EXPERIMENTATION VOL08 COMMUNICATION VOL09 RESEARCH

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Content Animal 300 Add Opportunity Air Arts Of Mars Beautiful Skin Emo Erotech Figure Installation Jyvaskyla New Athletic Club Reorigination Responsive Skin Soft Tower Spasms Spirit Of Wolf Transformations Vailed Body

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Introduction Kivi Sotamaa Research Studios at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design, The Ohio State University, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and ADD Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory


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Peter Nguyen Ultima is a new restaurant in South Harbour, in the center of Helsinki. It is an experiment about changing peoples’ relationship to food through innovative cuisine, design and hyperlocal production of food.The chefs and owners Henri Alén and Tommi Tuominen are exploring the culinary applications of circular economy as well as the most innovative food and farming technologies today. At Ateljé Sotamaa we are exploring how architecture, design and art can be used to help people reimagine their relationship to food. The aim of Ultima is to shape the future by inventing it, through experimentation together with an audience. The challenge for design was to create a milieu, which spontaneously engages people in the process, inspiring critical and creative discussion.


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Peter Nguyen Here’s a bit of theory to help shed light on our thinking on design and how it can be used to enact cultural change one person at a time: ‘It is all about the relationship between the inner and outer worlds’ said the late New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp on numerous occasions. The German philoTop-down, prior knowledge (convention) is a pervasive feature of our perception. Mismatches between the top down predictions and actual sensory input are sensations, and they can be strategically used to trigger exploration. This process can fundamentally change our embodied knowledge, the way people feel, and think about the world. This is how we used art, design, architecture in Ultima to challenge convention and trigger cultural change.

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Peter Nguyen Here’s a bit of theory to help shed light on our thinking on design and how it can be used to enact cultural change one person at a time: ‘It is all about the relationship between the inner and outer worlds’ said the late New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp on numerous occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms: According to him the brain ‘constantly hallucinates at the world, as a system that constantly lets its internal autonomous simulational dynamics collide with the ongoing flow of sensory input, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. For example, when you think you see a table, you actually see just the prediction of the table in your brain. You know from past experience what it feels like if you touch it, what it sounds like if you bang on it, and what it is meant to be used for. However, if some of the table’s qualities contradict the predictive model in your mind, those contradictions rise up in your consciousness, and cause you to explore the object and if needed, adjust your mindmodel of it. Top-down, prior knowledge (convention) is a pervasive feature of our perception. Mismatches between the top down predictions and actual sensory input are sensations, and they can be strategically used to trigger exploration. This process can fundamentally change our embodied knowledge, the way people feel, and think about the world. This is how we used art, design, architecture in Ultima to challenge convention and trigger cultural change.


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Peter Stavros Here’s a bit of theory to help shed light on our thinking on design and how it can be used to enact cultural change one person at a time: ‘It is all about the relationship between the inner and outer worlds’ said the late New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp on numerous occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms: According to him the brain ‘constantly hallucinates at the world, as a system that constantly lets its internal autonomous simulational dynamics collide with the ongoing flow of sensory input, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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We have started a new exciting project designing Natura. It is an intimate, family run restaurant in heart of Helsinki serving modern and innovative food in friendly, “no fuss” atmosphere. Our approach to the design is straight forward and inspired by the use of ingredients and many textures in Natura’s cuisine. The first ‘1.2 -phase’ included the demolition of the old interior and the introduction of better acoustics, stylish kitchen, lighting and better air conditioning. We simply painted over the surfaces, leaving all signs of time and demolition process visible, and then lighted them in order to emphasize them. The new stainless steel kitchen and velvet couch were designed to add new textures to the already rich mix. Deep imperial yellow accentuates the entrance and back corridor. On the walls are natural sculptures, branches, twigs, stones covered with moss. The project will continue for the next couple years.. Little by little new furniture, architectural elements, clothing, dishes and artwork will be introduced as the restaurant continually evolves.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Arts Of Mars asions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Beautiful Skin

Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 40


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 56


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 58


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 64


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 68


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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New Athletic Club

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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Soft Tower

Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 88


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Spasm

Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us. 92


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.


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Peter Stavros occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Vailed Body occasions. The German philosopher Thomas Metziner has said the same in more elaborate terms:Acut, vigorously dreaming at the world’(1). In other words, we perceive the world through top-down models in our minds, which interact with bottom up stimuli from the world around us.

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Credits Ultima: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt, Ville MJ Hyvönen

Atelier House: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt

Natura: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia Lighting: Håkan Långstedt,

Ainoa Shop: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt

Finnjävel: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt, Ville MJ Hyvönen

Saint George: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa

Finnjävel Salonki: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt Finnjävel Sali: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi Lighting: Håkan Långstedt Fazer Shop: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Filippo Fabi Cafe Aalto: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi IVA: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Irene Pace Lighting: Håkan Långstedt Hanaholmen: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa

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Dipoli: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa, Pietro Barcaccia, Filippo Fabi ADD Lab: Kivi Sotamaa K House: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa Tre Ekar: Tuuli Sotamaa Bookstore: Atelje Sotamaa: Kivi & Tuuli Sotamaa


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In order to execute work across scale and media we work with state of the art collaborators. Audio visual design, Ville Hyvönen, Helicam Aero Lighting design, Håkan Långstedt, SAAS Instruments Strategy & editorial content, Jaakko Tapaninen, Great Point Building engineering, Ahti Rantonen, Vahanen Group Glass construction, Timo Saukko, Finnglass Glass technology, Jorma Vitkala, GDB Wood construction, Wilhelm Polster, Stora Enso Urban design, Antti Ahlava, HZ Historical preservation, Panu Lehtovuori, Livady Sound & music, Tuomas Kantelinen Acoustics, Juha Ström, Akukon Cinematic lighting, Kaspar Kaas, Digital Sputnik Interactive design, Tuomo Tammenpää, Daniel Blackburn, Startle Oy Sensors and programming, Taavi Warm, Warm Stuudio Graphic art, Pan Jiafeng, SH Type Artwork fabrication, Viktor Krogius Metalworks, Jukka Merta, Selki-Asema Glassworks, Kaappo Lähdesmäki, Lasismi Carpentry, Tommi Alatalo, Fiskarsin puusepät CNC milling, Marcus Lill, Scan Mould Furniture manufacturing, Stefan Mahlberg


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Selected Clients

Selected Exhibitions

IVA The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fazer, Finnjävel, Muru Dining , Cafe Aalto, Hanaholmen Swedish Finnish Cultural Center, Finnish Sommelier Association, Grand Champagne, Finpro, Academic Bookstore , Stockmann, Aalto University, ADD Aalto Digital Design Laboratory, The Design Museum Helsinki, The Barbican Center, Fondazione Trussardi, 21 st Century Museum for Contemporary Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, Marimekko, Art and Design City Arabianranta, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

Museum of Modern Art MoMA New York, The Venice Architecture Biennale, The Venice Art Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, He Xiangning Art Museum, Kiasma, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Center for Architecture NY, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan Biennale, Steirischer Herbst, National Building Museum Washington DC, Wexner Centre for Arts, Architecturverein Tirol, Forum Kultur und Wissenschaft Germany, American Museum of Natural History, Architectural Association, Henie Onstad Art Center, Artist Space NY, XIII Bienal de Santiago de Chile.

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Selected Publications

Ateljé Sotamaa

The New York Times, The London Times, Phaidon 10X10 Architects 1, Phaidon 10X10 Architects 2, International Design Yearbook, The Interview Magazine Ottagono, Domus, Interni, CA Press, PRAXIS 6, PEN Japan, AD Architectural Design, New Scandinavian Design, 40/40 Finnish Architects, Forum, L’ARCA, Hybrid Space, Blueprint, AA Files, Kauppalehti, Helsingin Sanomat, Muoto, Finnish Design Yearbook, LOG 13, Wood With A Difference catalogue, All Design Magazine, Pro Interior, Nexus Architecture and Mathematics, Innovation, Developing Digital Architecture, The Fashion of Architecture, Tank, Kenchiku Bunka, Archis.

Väinämöisenkatu 19 A 3 00100 Helsinki Finland www.ateljesotamaa.net


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Kivi Sotamaa Research Studios  

Work from Kivi Sotamaa's research studios at UCLA A.UD, the Ohio State University, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Aalto University.

Kivi Sotamaa Research Studios  

Work from Kivi Sotamaa's research studios at UCLA A.UD, the Ohio State University, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Aalto University.

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