Jakob Sellaoui, Architect
A Space for Doing Nothing
Stop and wait—just for a moment. Follow the path, step down the hill and see. You already know how. Another left-over place sprawling between all the “proper” stuff. Down here no money is to be made. This is where things become uncertain, blurry and less defined. A split stair awaits you. It has been here before. Nobody knows why. An element of transition—a moment in limbo. A provisional roof initiates space. Like a tent, protecting and framing your stay. Offering a point of pause. To endure and let time pass without keeping count. Knowing how to waste it.
Jakob Sellaoui is an Austrian-american architect and educator based in Vienna. Within his practice architecture is understood as a cultural process, where built projects and theoretical investigation operate side by side, critically engaging with our contemporary reality. Up to date the studio has realized and ongoing projects in diverse scales and environments including Austria, Nicaragua, US and Japan. Its work has received several awards including the Austrian Cultural Ministry’s Margarethe Schütte-Lihotzky Grant, the Ahead Award and the Schindler Residency at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.