dual designs a scenery pavilion reinterpreting the baroque stair in copenhagen

dual designs a scenery pavilion reinterpreting the baroque stair in copenhagen

the scenery pavilion designed by the danish dual studio is situated in the garden of gl. holtegaard art gallery in the northern outskirts of copenhagen. the baroque garden forms the framework for the pavilion inviting the visitors to see the garden from another perspective.

the scenery pavilion is situated in the garden of gl. holtegaard art gallery
image © astrid maria busse rasmussen



throughout history the staircase has been an architectural element that connected buildings and landscape and allowed 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.

image © astrid maria busse rasmussen



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 and explore the space.

video by jose mato millan




the pavilion is a reinterpretation of the baroque stair but through new materials. designed as a circular staircase rising 2.5 m above the ground, it gives the impression of being free-floating.

image © astrid maria busse rasmussen



the pavilion has a duality characteristic emphasising 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 maximise the interaction with the users and the surroundings.

image © astrid maria busse rasmussen



as you move around the pavilion, the design and materials change your scenery and perspective of the space. one side disappears in the landscape and the other stands out.

image © bjørn pierri enevoldsen


photo © astrid maria busse rasmussen


image © bjørn pierri enevoldsen


image © bjørn pierri enevoldsen




location: copenhagen, denmark
design: dual

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