STUDYO* is operating since 2005 as a collaboration between STUDYO Cologne hosted by Aysin Ipekci and various project cooperations in and across town (Johannesburg, Shanghai, Istanbul, Jerusalem). The office is interested in exploring the possibilities of CROSS-BORDER design fostered by its special location as well as former experiences. The emphasis during this process lies in finding and blending essential spatial elements. TANGIBLE AND LUCID in between the two magnetic fields of a most clear and precise idea and the absolute wish to be touched and lived in. Materials and abstract thoughts contribute to the design in equal strength. Projects are CUSTOM-MADE exactly for one place. The belief in urbanistic relevance of an object, athmospherical input as well as specific factors like geopgraphical, social, econonomic and cultural are taken into account during the approach of a design.