wrapped in wooden shingles, cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain

wrapped in wooden shingles, cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain

kollektiv plus x and stefanie rittler create pier 1/2

 

A half-cloud-shaped staircase invites passersby to enjoy the view towards Slovakia, rising as a symbolic remnant of a former bridge — or a stairway to heaven. Pier ½ by Kollektiv Plus X and Stefanie Rittler is a sculptural cyclists’ shelter on the Iron Curtain Trail, a cycling path along the former Iron Curtain. Imaginary, it continues on ‘the other’ side of the curtain, overcoming border over the biotope and the river March.

 

The staircase perches along the waterfront, aesthetically reminiscent of the postmodern era which reached its peak in the late 80s and early 90s — when the Iron Curtain fell — but covered with wooden shingles that simultaneously lend it a traditional look.

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
all images courtesy of Kollektiv Plus X

 

 

a cyclists’ shelter under a cloud-shaped staircase

 

In Lower Austria, a series of works of art are being created along this route as part of the Super Natur project. Pier ½ was inaugurated in Angern an der March in June 2024, providing a space for cyclists to find shelter in the room under the stairs. Amid the structure, integrated benches and a table in a dry room invite visitors to take a break and protect them from wind and rain.

 

In 2017, Stefanie Rittler and Sascha Henken from Kollektiv Plus X, a German interdisciplinary studio, collaborated to craft Waiting For Water in Amsterdam and The Winner Takes It All in Bremen. The usable, interactive sculptures draw their inspiration for content and form from their surroundings — but always with a wink in their eye. Here on the Iron Curtain Trail, too, their work is inspired by the history of the place and adapts to the conditions of the terrain, with Pier ½ standing as staircase and as a gesture of connection and simultaneous separation.

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
Pier 1/2 is half-cloud-shaped staircase perched on the waterfront

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
created by Kollektiv Plus X and Stefanie Rittler

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
a sculptural cyclists’ shelter on the Iron Curtain Trail, a cycling path along the former Iron Curtain

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
it rises as a symbol of a remnant of a former bridge — or a stairway to heaven

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Pier ½ standing as staircase and as a gesture of connection and simultaneous separation

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
the staircase is aesthetically reminiscent of the postmodern era which reached its peak in the late 80s and early 90s

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
wooden shingles lend it a traditional look

wrapped in wooden shingles, kollektiv plus x's cloud-shaped cyclist shelter ascends to views over iron curtain
the shelter is part of the Super Natur project in Austria

pier 1/2 provides a view over the former iron curtain
the work is inspired by the history of the place and adapts to the conditions of the terrain

pier 1/2 provides a view over the former iron curtain
integrated benches and a table in a dry room invite visitors to take a break

pier 1/2 provides a view over the former iron curtain
the natural encasing echoes its context

 

 

project info:

 

name: Pier 1/2
designer: Kollektiv Plus X (@kollektivplusX), Stefanie Rittler

location: Lower Austria

 

 

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: ravail khan | designboom

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