A strategy I have often worked with is starting out with superlatives. I find that starting out with everything being done to its extreme limit makes it easier to turn the volume down later – rather than to start at a low volume, to find that no one can hear what you are saying. There is a real danger of creating something that’s too complex and too radical, to be coherent architecture – but none the less I find it to be a good technique.
This has also been the story of my semester project so far. First I wanted to cut through the ruin of Kalø to get a great view. Then I changed it to an excavation and cut of one corner of the building. At my third pin-up I was at the point where what remained of this, was stairs running inside the original tower walls, with everything above the level of the stairs being cut out. Now I’m thinking that I will just cut out the stairs as a corridor in the walls and retain the bricks above with a concrete or steel element and narrow columns.
The ruin itself will be excavacted compeltely down to the bottom, in the middle of a new ‘moat’ lined on the outside with the Ultima bricks from Randers Tegl, offset to create a strong shadow effect. and horizontal lines. A new mode, in stark contrast to the old ruin in the centre. A small bridge will go across to the old entrance, and a floor will somehow continue from there, as well as the stairs in the wall – but I haven’t figured that out yet.
After my latest pin-up another thing started to interest me too however. I came to the realization, that the wall probably doesn’t continue all the way down on the outside of the tower – there is more likely a foundation of rocks put up against the sides in some uneven way – to make the base for the tower. The dirt taking most of the forces from the building.
If this is the case – it could be an amazing thing to excavate carefully and retain with some columns and either a net of some kind (like the ones they use in norway to retain cliff-sides) or by spraying it with concrete in the gaps.
You would suddenly be able to see a part of the original construction that you never could before – exhibiting an otherwise always hidden part of a building. The foundation.
I’m off! Be back sooner next time!