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PACE

In December 2018, Therme Group announced the launch of a new joint venture with Pace and artist duo Studio Drift, as part of their international art initiative, Therme Art Program. The founding of the new company called Franchise Freedom LTD establishes the shared ownership and commitment over Franchise Freedom, a flying sculpture of drones by Studio Drift. Through the newly founded company, the three entities plan to support the development, operation, and exhibition of the work long-term and present it in more locations around the world.

Continuing their partnership, Therme Art Program, Studio Drift and Pace joined forces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. The flying sculpture Franchise Freedom held its inaugural 2019 flight during celebrations at the Kennedy Space Center’s Rocket Garden on July 16, and was accompanied by a live performance by the seminal UK group Duran Duran. This iteration of the flight featured three hundred Intel® Shooting Stars drones. poetically lighting up the night sky.

Design Miami/

In June 2018, Therme Group announced its partnership with Design Miami/, the international and globally recognized forum for contemporary and historic design. For Design Miami’s 2018 Miami edition in December 2018, Therme Group served as partner and co-host of the design fair’s esteemed Talks program, presenting discussions on the design world’s most compelling topics with its Therme Forum talks series.

Therme Group commissioned famed architect Francis Kéré to design the Talks Theater, creating a more holistic context for the program, which brought together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design, culture, and commerce.

In partnership with Design Miami/ for a second consecutive year, Therme Art Program presented an edition of its Therme Forum talk series during the international fair’s Basel edition. In keeping with Design Miami/ Basel’s 2019 curatorial theme of Elements: Earth which responded to the impact of human activity on the nature of our planet, the Therme Forum examined how artists can take more responsibility from urban planners, architects, and engineers to re-envision sustainable and inclusive cities for the future.

British Council

In September 2018, Therme Group announced its support of the British Council at the British Pavilion during the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. To mark the launch, a Therme Forum panel discussion titled Free Future Cities was presented at the British Pavilion within their Island program, featuring leading voices in art, architecture, and science about the future of architecture and city planning.

Subsequently, Therme Group announced their support of the British Council for the 2019 British Pavilion at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia, building further on its close relationship with the cultural organization for a second consecutive year.

Therme Group’s partnership with the British Council aims to extend Therme Art Program’s mission of supporting the art community and contributing to an open dialogue on creating sustainable solutions for our future cities through innovations in art and architecture.

Sibiu International Theatre Festival

In June 2018, Therme Group unveiled its partnership with the Sibiu International Theater Festival—the most important annual festival of performing arts in Romania, bringing together world-leading artists from more than 70 countries over ten days.

The occasion was marked with a Therme Forum bringing together esteemed architects, designers, artists, and arts leaders in a dialogue about the relationship between theatrical arts and their buildings, and how this relationship is affected by, and impacts community.

For a second consecutive year, Therme Group partnered with the Sibiu International Theater Festival in 2019 to host a series of discussions in preparation for the development, design, and construction of a new building for the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu. Building on the 2019 Festival’s theme of The Art of Giving, the Therme Forum explored ways in which the physical and virtual public experience around theatres shapes our communities, impacts the Performing Arts and influences the resilience/sustainability of our organizations.

Continuing its ongoing support of the Sibiu International Theater Festival, Therme Group commissioned Romanian architecture firm Manadelucru to design a pavilion for the 2019 event. Realized within the historical premises of Piața Mică 22, the project focused the unexplored potential of urban areas, connecting the three courtyards of the space which served as a venue for the celebratory dinner organized on June 21, 2019.

Serpentine Galleries

In October 2018, Therme Group announced their acquisition of the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frida Escobedo, as part of their Therme Art Program initiative. Featuring a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, Escobedo’s atmospheric courtyard-based structure draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.

With the subsequent support of Junya Ishigami’s 2019 Serpentine Pavilion design, Therme Group furthered its commitment to bridging art, architecture, art, and design with the natural world. Ishigami’s Pavilion was emblematic of his ‘free-space’ philosophy, which aims to seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in the environment.

Conceived in 2000, the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission presents the work of an international architect who has consistently extended the boundaries of architectural practice but is yet to build in England at the time of invitation. It has made the Serpentine Galleries an international site for architectural experimentation, growing into a showcase for emerging talent. Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Galleries lawn in Kensington Gardens where it is free and open to the widest public for the summer months.

COGITO

Therme Group is working with partners COGITO, the epistemology group at the University of Glasgow, to develop a scientific formula for wellbeing. First announced in 2018, the COGITO partnership is part of an initiative by Therme Lab to collaborate with world-leading academic institutions. Therme Lab is the research and development division of Therme Group.

Initial research focused on how the construction and functioning of thermal baths can foster a sense of wellbeing. The ongoing five-year project will be the first integrated research program looking at all dimensions of wellbeing. Throughout the partnership, COGITO’s findings will be tested in Therme Group’s facilities across the world. This direct implementation in the wellness industry will provide invaluable data to understand the function of architecture and environment on human wellbeing.

COGITO is the largest and most active epistemology research group in Europe and one of the largest worldwide. The members of the group are recognized for their projects connecting philosophy with technology and science, including their work on the philosophy of safety engineering, carried out in partnership with NASA. Their relevant expertise in the nature of wellbeing, ethics, epistemology, and emotions makes them uniquely well suited to collaborating with Therme Group on topics and issues of wellbeing.