hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway

Skyspace by James Turrell and a-works in Hardangervidda

 

Light artist James Turrell and Bergen-based a-works office, practicing in art and architecture, collaborate on the ‘Hardanger Skyspace’ project, commissioned by the contemporary art center Kunsthuset Kabuso. The work is situated in a public park on the shores of the vast Hardanger fjord facing the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the largest of its kind in Europe. The monolithic structure sits firmly in the landscape, composed of a series of custom prefabricated concrete elements. Its color recalls the local slate and its stepped texture reminisces the wood siding of houses and the nearby church. Evoking the character of the many sacred spaces before it, the volume is formed by stacking stones atop stones. The Skyspace simultaneously relates to its immediate landscape yet stands independent from it. The illuminated chamber is oriented in relation to the cosmic elements and forces beyond, specifically, the movement of the earth, sun, and moon.

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
all images provided by a-works

 

 

endless array of hues exposed in lit and fluid elliptical interior

 

Designed by the American artist James Turrell, the Skyspace’s stacked construction towers seven meters above the ground, shifting the spatial perception, with the actual height becoming apparent only up close when compared to the human scale. The straight-edged octagonal exterior gives way to a fluid elliptical interior that, once lit up, transforms into an endless space filled with color, as if solid. A perimetrical concrete bench surrounds a smooth and slightly curved concrete floor. The chamber’s body is shaped unanimously in one material. The elliptical oculus exposes the sky, which is no longer perceived as a set color, but an endless array of hues at the disposition of the ever-changing interior. ‘Solid mass melts into thin air and the intangible matter suddenly gains physical presence’, shares the Bergen-based studio.

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
massive solid stones stacked to shape the skyspace

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
smooth light hues gain physical presence inviting the visitors inside

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
solid mass absorbs the skyspace’s ever-changing colors | image by Elias Dahlen

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hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
the elliptical oculus exposes an endless array of hues

hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
the illuminated chamber is oriented in relation to the sky, the earth, the sun, and the moon

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hardanger skyspace by james turrell and a-works exposes endless lightscapes in norway
the monolithic structure relates to its immediate landscape yet stands independent from it

 

 

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axonometric drawing - Hardanger Skyspace
axonometric drawing - Hardanger Skyspace
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elevation - Hardanger Skyspace
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section II - Hardanger Skyspace
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plan - Hardanger Skyspace

project info:

 

name: Hardanger Skyspace
design: James Turrell | @jamesturell

architectural support: a-works | @a_works_architecture

commission: Kunsthuset Kabuso

location: Hardangervidda mountain plateau, Norway

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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