Chalmers University of Technology
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Karin HEDLUND & Pedram SEDDIGHZADEH: Deep in the Swedish forests, on an abandoned mine tower, eight architectural interventions have been made. . . .
Like parasites, the white foam additions cling onto the rugged facade, contrasting it in both material and texture. But rather than being alien objects, the shapes tell the story of the abandoned mine by resembling patterns and cracks sampled from the tower itself.
The tower that once housed the elevator to one of the deepest mines in Europe is a unique building on which time has left various traces. Most of the plaster is long gone and the eroded reinforcement is revealed underneath the crumbling concrete.
The interventions focus on how the building has changed over time, by adding architectural elements that are both highly site-specific and at the same time contrast the tower in material as well as architectural form.
In order to enhance the hidden qualities in existing traces, lines have been sampled from the building and redrawn with a new geometry. The redrawn curves have a decorative character, contrasting the irregular materiality and the functional intention of the existing architecture. Despite their strong contrast, the smooth foam elements work together with the traces in the rugged concrete. The new complements and enhances the old and together they frame views, build furniture and mark the entrance of the tower.
SAMPLE / REVEAL tells the story of how the building has aged through time. The foam pieces are precision cut using a digital hotwire cutter and assembled on site. The installation is part of the art festival Hope Tourist Center that took place at Ställberg for the second year in a row.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
KH & PS: Cracks and traces left by flaking paint on the old mine building, as well as the intricate geometries of islamic patterns.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
KH & PS: Reading: Mohsen Mostafavi & David Leatherbarrow, On Weathering and Guy Delisle,
Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China. Listening to: Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here and Robyn, Monument. Watching: We Anderson (dir.), The Grand Budapest Hotel.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
KH & PS: Matter Design (Brandon Clifford & Wes McGee), Norell/Rodhe, Marc Fornes, and Jimenez Lai.
Additional credits and links:
Supported by: ARQ Research Foundation, Chalmers University of Technology, Termco Illbruck GmbH.
Residency: Hope Tourist Center.
Photos: Ellen Ordell.
Many thanks to Daniel Norell for insightful comments and support during the process.