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Spatial gestures

With a foundation from architecture and design, it is with constant curiosity that Studio Pneuma develops architecture and products that bring attention and focus to feel connected to our physical surroundings through delicate sensory stimulation.

Working as architects has brought along an essential understanding of the meaning of materiality – Materiality is a word Studio Pneuma uses to describe sensory stimulation from a matter that doesn’t necessarily have a visual presence for our eyes to catch.

We are often used to referring to materials from a tangible standpoint – Mainly considering our surroundings from a visual aspect, but we often store impressions and characteristics of a space with all our senses; 

The subtle feeling of the ground when walking barefoot, the touch of a warm surface being heated by the sun, or the smell of a childhood home. All these impressions are evoked through invisible and intangible materialities, and they stay with us as a nuanced experience of a place and a moment.


Modular Circle House

Studio Pneuma

D4 ApS

Jesper Vimpel from Link Architecture and Studio Pneuma

Executive architects:
Prisme Architects

Build contractor:
Murerfirmaet Yde Larsen

The ambition behind Modular Circle House was to emphasize the inherent qualities of the surrounding landscape, allowing wind and light to form the circular formation of the building.

The studio wanted the shape of the architecture to offer shelter from the wind while framing the surrounding nature, allowing for the ever-changing day- and sunlight scheme to set the interior's atmosphere and indoor climate.

Through thorough studies in a daylight lab, they worked on orienting the building in correlation to light and wind. The soft circular shape of the house is built from a modular system, making it easy to add to the volume of the building. The circular course of the interior appears undisturbed, emphasizing a coherent perspective throughout the building layout.

Natural materials are used to create a warm and comforting atmosphere. The interior brings the building's users closer – The soft circular shape provides them with creative energy and a sense of togetherness. Careful attention to dimensioning and scale was given all throughout the project – The studio wanted to create a new type of work environment where the spaces relate to intimate and stimulating experiences.

Photos: Claus Troelsgaard
Photoshoot styling: Anne-Line Bo

Interior design

Tasting Lab

Framed by a glass curtain wall and airy, translucent textiles, the room emerges from the heart of the distillery.

Within the frames of the experimenting distillery of Empirical Spirits in Copenhagen, the ambition has been to support their curiosity and hospitality in a Tasting Room. 

In collaboration with Design Studies, all furniture pieces come as bespoke solutions – From a black serving table with matching stools as the centre piece of the space, to a playful shelving system to display their archive of ingredients, artefacts and stories from their many travels, just like an ever-changing Cabinet Of Curiosities, from where visitors can observe the buzzing life from the distillery. 

"We wanted to work with an overall organic concept, inspired by Empirical Spirits’ use of fermentation – letting materials interact and transform. Our ambition has been to translate their approach to flavours into a spatial atmosphere, where the senses and mind are stimulated."

Photos: Claus Troelsgaard

Brand experience

A Sense of Dinesen

How do you record and collect the smell of a tree?

Together with Sissel Tolaas, artist and researcher, we journeyed from Schwarzwald – or the Black Forest – in Germany to Dinesen's main production site in Jels, Southern Denmark. Equipped with extraordinary recording gear and an inquiring mind – and nose – smells from the majestic Douglas trees were collected.

DD–1 is the name of an archive that consists of recorded molecules from where we can explore a wide variety of Dinesen Douglas smells. The archive results from Sissel Tolaas’ meticulous recordings that have been converted to molecules in her lab in Berlin.

DD–2 is the name of a Dinesen Douglas scent – Developed from the DD–1 archive, we have isolated specific molecules we found interesting to create an essence of Dinesen Douglas.

With DD–2 we invite you to take home the calming scent of Douglas and let it soothe your senses while rediscovering its magnificence through a different, invisible sense.

Photos: Studio Pneuma, Ekstra Journal, Jonas Bjerre