soma is an Austrian practice founded in 2007 by four partners. soma engages architecture as an ongoing inquiry and speculative experimentation. The studio’s field of activities ranges from the development of contemporary design strategies and innovative implementation methods to theoretical research.
soma understands architecture as thinking in concepts, that deploy their potentials in spatial, physical and sensuous experiences. Thus a design does not necessarily entail unambiguous, fixed geometries, but remains mutable and individually interpretable.
The office won prizes in various competitions and has successfully worked on the implemention of international projects. Current projects under construction include the permanent Theme Building for the EXPO 2012 Yeosu in South-Korea (completion May 2012) and an extension for the Building Academy in Salzburg, Austria (completion spring 2012). A temporary music pavilion for the Salzburg Biennale has been finished in 2011.
soma‘s work has been widely published in international publications and exhibitions, such as the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 (Austrian Pavilion). soma operates offices in Vienna and Salzburg.