Therme Art Program

London Art & Architecture Workshop

On June 26 Therme Art hosted another edition of its Art and Architecture workshop series in London, UK with 2019 Serpentine Pavilion designer Junya Ishigami and celebrated architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.


Robert C. Hanea, Therme Group Founder and President


Set within Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion at Serpentine Gallery, the first portion of the workshop with Junya Ishigami focused on challenging ideas of contemporary art and architecture, emphasizing their potential in reframing the ways we plan and build our cities.

Junya Ishigami discussed his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. During the workshop, Ishigami elaborated on how this philosophy would shape his ideal city into one that provided “quiet,” “darkness of night” and “less density.”


Junya Ishigami


During the second portion of the workshop at Somerset House, London-based architect Arthur Mamou-Mani introduced his next architectural project Catharsis, which served as a starting point for the discussion.

Built from sustainable materials, Catharsis is a planned complex camp structure that will function as a communal gathering space at Burning Man 2020. For his camp design, Mamou-Mani contemplated and incorporated Burning Man’s 10 principles, which include radical self-expression, communal effort, and civic participation.

How do people become active participants in their city? How do we sustainably co-exist with nature? For Mamou-Mani Catharsis is a testing ground for these imperative questions in his architectural practice.


Arthur Mamou-Mani

Sheena Leach, Therme Art Commissions Curator



Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art

(From left to right): Koo Jeong A, artist; Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Therme Art Curator; and Robert C. Hanea, Therme Group Founder and President


About Therme Workshops

Therme Workshops are focused gatherings and brainstorming sessions that examine city planning through the contribution of facilities like Therme Group’s, their innovations in urban development using artistic installations, and an overall holistic approach towards building technologies. The London edition of the Therme Art Program Workshop will focus on Therme Art Program commissions.



Event Images: Therme Art © Elizabeth Gleave
Featured Image: Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London (21 June – 6 October 2019), © Junya Ishigami + Associates, Photography © 2019 Iwan Baan