VISION

Exploring the magic of space that centers on human sensory experience.

Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua. The UY Madrid
Photo: Emilio P. Doiztua. The UY Madrid

The role of the architect is not only to create buildings, but also to build bridges between architecture and the people who use the designed structures on a daily basis. Anja is inspiring others to look at the world around them in a more meaningful way. She advocates for a new school of architectural design that centers on the human sensory experience. She got out of the architectural office and off the yoga mat to change the way we feel, breath, and think about architectural space and our life in the city. Yoga techniques do an effective job of putting both conscious and subconscious experience of the world into practice, which is how “yoga” became part of the project.

 

MISSION

Breathing new human-oriented life into the efficient & industrial world of urban architecture.

Photo: Primož Lukežič, The UY Ljubljana
Photo: Primož Lukežič, The UY Ljubljana

Re-examining how our bodies inhabit urban places, breathing new human-oriented life into the efficient and industrial world of urban architecture and design. Challenging architects to design spaces that are not only visually and technologically stunning, but also designed with human sensory experience in mind; creating places that sparks our imagination, conjure up memories, tell stories and cradle our dreams. Not only of the architects themselves, but also of all of those, who use their designs on a daily basis.

 

KNOW HOW

The Urban Yoga pioneers in revealing intangible aspects of architecture through the prism of yoga.

Photo: Antoine Le Grand, The UY Paris
Photo: Antoine Le Grand, The UY Paris

By allowing her architectural projects to flow freely into the fields of photography, video art and performance Anja has crafted unique methods conveying that architectural space is much more than just geometry and functionality: The Urban Yoga pioneers in revealing intangible aspects of architecture through the prism of yoga. PLES (Slovenian word for dance & acronym of four phases) is her video method for analyzing space including recording of audio and visual information while intuitively moving through space.

 

ANJA HUMLJAN

Believing all art comes and returns from space, it became her main objective to understand space itself.

Photo: Borut Peterlin

Anja grew up as a professional athlete in Ljubljana, Slovenia holding several national track and field records. Nevertheless, she wanted to do art. Believing that all art comes from and returns to space, it became her primary objective to understand space itself, so she went to study architecture.

Her interdisciplinary approach to architecture, has taken her around the globe: she obtained an architectural degree in Slovenia, studied digital design in Denmark, photo-media and video art in Australia. She worked in New York, Madrid and Ljubljana, and is also known as a yoga teacher. She exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale together with her Danish colleagues.

Anja created a laboratory for experimental architecture called Space Potential, a platform for The Urban Yoga. The Urban Yoga photo book has been funded through Kickstarter in January 2015.