Throughout history the staircase has been an architectural element that allow people to move from one place to another. Today, the usage of stairs have expanded and are used as a place to sit, rest, view the surroundings and the movement of people passing by – a space that carries daily activities. Those qualities reinforced the idea to use the staircase as a pavilion – a reinterpretation of space and time.
With its inviting and explicit spatiality the pavilion challenges and encourages people to move, as well explore the space and invite users to see the world from another perspective. Designed as a circular staircase rising 2.5m above the ground, it gives the impression of being free-floating.
The pavilion has a duality characteristic emphasizing the relations between landscape and architecture, the past and the present, spectators and users of the space. The duality is manifested through the materials, the effect of illusion and usage of space, to maximize the interaction with the users and the surroundings.
Photo: Astrid Maria Busse Rasmussen
The main intention with the pavilion is to create a double effect. The red and reflective material applied in the staircase creates different perception of space and entrance. As you move around the pavilion, the design and materials changes your scenery and perspective of the space. One side disappears in the landscape and the other stands out.
The reinterpretation of movement is reinforced with the chosen materials. The double effect can be sensed on the curve of the steel plates and railings, creating an illusion of constant movement.
Photo: Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen
Photos: (1) (2) (5). Astrid Maria Busse Rasmussen & (3) (4). Bjørn Pierri Enevoldsen
Our approach comes from the diversity between us, as well as from the duality we see within architecture, art and landscape. By it is meaning, DUAL develops projects by considering opposite ideas that exist at the same time. Our work focuses on the human scale and creating unique spaces that encourage social interaction.
Collaborators: Henrik Almegaard, CPH Steel and Gl. Holtegaard
Camila Stadler Buschle
Teresa Fernandez Rojo
DUAL Architecture IVS
Enghave Plads 23B, 2. th
1670 København V
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