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A functional art structure
A functional art structure
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The Meandering Staircase Pavilion

The Meandering Staircase Pavilion

(A functional art structure)

 

Michael Jantzen

© 2015

http://archinect.com/michael-jantzen/projects

www.michaeljantzenstudio.com

www.michaeljantzen.com

 

How can a unique access to a place be used as a way in which to design new and unexpected forms of art and architecture? This is the question I asked myself before I made a new series of functional art structures.

 

They were all designed in an attempt to offer very unique sculptural places, themed around the idea of an unusual access to an enclosed, or partially enclosed portion of the pavilion.

 

 In all cases, the unusual access to the enclosed or partially enclosed portions of the pavilions, form a major part of the structures shape and function. The Meandering Staircase Pavilion is one of these functional art structures designed for private or public use.

 

 This structure consists of a series of four staircases that wrap around four central columns, which support a partially enclosed space at the top. Inside of this space, there are built-in seats attached to each of the four walls. The space is designed as a special place in which to visit alone, and/or with others. The staircases and the space at the top can be lit at night.

 

 Before anyone can enter the special space at the top, he or she must walk up and down the meandering staircases. In this way, the special space at the top is honored first by the ceremonial meandering walk to the top, and then back down again each time it is occupied.

 
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Status: Unbuilt

 
Overviews around the structure.
Overviews around the structure.
Detail views around the structure.
Detail views around the structure.
Detail view inside of the structure.
Detail view inside of the structure.