forty five degrees is an open collective of architects and designers. In our practice, space-making is about resources, not only material or financial but the intangible resources of human and non-human knowledge.
Our work aims at investigating the built environment through research, design, and artistic experimentation, across multiple scales, analising its social, economical, and structural entanglements. We are interested in collecting protocols and collective approaches, exploring alternative living and citymaking models and new paradigms of urban development by engaging with communities and local agents. We strive to create inclusive and accessible spaces through careful use of scale, material, and design language and are committed to rethinking education through academia and practice placing design at the intersection of arts and sciences.
forty five degrees is currently working with cultural institutions and creative agencies in Germany and abroad. Together with the Art Mediation department of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, we have developed the project ‘3rd Space formations’ and we are currently working on the scenography of the ‘30 years KW summer festival’. forty-five degrees currently holds a digital research residency at Architectuul and a 3-month residency at the Eastern Europea exchange network- supported by Goethe Institute Romania and Akademie Schloss Solitude. Our studio is main partner of the European Erasmus+ Youth in Action project ‘The Studio’ together with Byverkstedet (Oslo) and Premices and co (Paris).
Our team takes different forms when engaging in collaborations with other experts, adapting to each project’s scope. forty-five degrees was founded in November 2019 but took its official legal form in January 2021. forty-five degrees is GbR, a partnership under the Civil Code.
Alkistis Thomidou is an architect, urban designer and researcher. Her interests lie in the tension between architecture, urban transformation and social reality, and she is always fascinated by the inventiveness of everyday life. She trusts in the temporal and speculative power of architecture to set directions and goals and navigate possible futures. During the last ten years, she has practised in Germany and abroad and has been awarded in several competitions. She has been design critic and lecturer at several institutions and has been tutor and coordinator of architecture workshops while her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions.
Giulia is an architect and designer. After studying, she moved to Berlin and started her freelance architectural practice that spans from spatial temporary models and pavilions to furniture design, stage design, and sculpture. She is very engaged in contemporary art conception and production, an interest reflected in her 4-year collaboration with Studio Julian Charrière. Giulia is interested in pushing the boundaries of her practice in search of ways to translate visions into compelling spaces and objects. Working across multiple scales, she aims to blur the boundary between architecture, art, design, landscape, and urban planning.
Berta is an architect and researcher. For her, architecture and design are catalysts for new experiences; she understands design as a transversal tool for inclusion, involvement and generation of new narratives. Her practice remains in constant dialogue with other disciplines, such as contemporary art, pedagogy and philosophy. She has worked as a researcher and project leader in institutions such as the Ministry of Education of Argentina, Rosan bosch Studio in Denmark, Medialab-Prado, Matadero Madrid or the Polytechnic University of Madrid.