Photographer: Anna Huix
Founders & Directors

Space Popular is directed by Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, both alumni of the Architectural Association in London (2011). They founded the practice in Bangkok (2013) and have been based in London and Spain since 2016. Space Popular creates spaces, objects, and events in both physical and virtual space, concentrating on how the two realms can blend together. The studio has completed buildings, exhibitions, public artworks, furniture collections, and interiors across Asia and Europe, as well as virtual architecture for the immersive internet. 

Clients, collaborators, and commissioners include national institutions such as MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy; The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design –ArkDes, Stockholm, Sweden; Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; as well as independent galleries such as MAGAZIN, Vienna, Austria; and Sto Werkstatt, London, UK. 

Lesmes and Hellberg both have extensive academic experience having taught architectural design studio since 2011, first at INDA, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok from 20211 to 2016, at the Architectural Association in London from 2016 to 2021, and currently at Daniels, Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto sinde 2020, and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design since 2022. Their current MArch design and research studios both at Daniels and UCLA investigates visions for civic architecture in the immersive internet. 

Clients & Collaborators 

MAXXI - National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy
 Royal Institute of British Architects - London, UK
MMCA - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Seoul, South Korea
Arkdes. Sweden’s National Centre for Architecture and Design - Stockholm, Sweden
MAGAZIN - Vienna, Austria
Sto Werkstatt - London, UK

Alcantara - Milan, Italy 
Setra Group - Stockholm, Sweden
Finsa - London, UK
Sto Group - London, UK

Infinity Spa - Bangkok, Thailand
Infinity Wellbeing - Bangkok, Thailand
MAK Montessori - Valencia, Thailand

Tallinn Architecture Biennale - Tallinn, Estonia
DesignMarch - Reykjavík, Iceland
16th Venice Biennale of Architecture - Venice, Italy
Wonderfruit Festival - Pattaya, Thailand

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design - Los Angeles, USA
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design - Toronto, Canada
Architectural Association School of Architecture - London, UK
INDA | International Program in Design and Architecture - Bangkok, Thailand
Chulalongkorn University - Bangkok Thailand 
MIARD at Piet Zwart Institute - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design - Jerusalem, Israel
Konstfack - University of Arts, Crafts and Design - Stockholm, Sweden
ETH - Zürich, Switzerland
University of Melbourne - Australia
School of Architecture and Design - University of Brighton, UK

Joy Wilson
Rachel Swetnam
Deborah Wong
Ludvig Holmen 
Daniel Tayar-Watson 
Max Celar max.celar.earth
Cristina Díaz Moreno, Amid.Cero9
Efren Garcia Grinda, Amid.Cero9
Grace Suthata Jiranuntarat
Pla Kornkamon Kaewprasert, MadeofTWo
Pu Kanyaphorn Kaewprasert, MadeofTWo 
Pik Prapasri  Khunakridatikarn
Nikki Nicha Kiatfuengfoo
Nuknik Thanaporn Lam
Baibua Wachira Leangtanom
Tang Jenwit Narukatpichai
Not Varis Niwatsakul
A Jariyaporn Prachasartta
Jet Jetana Ruangjun
Nonae Nutcha Somboonthanasarn
Joy Natapa Sriyuksiri
Top Tachapol Tanaboonchai
Tijn van de Wijdeven