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Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture

  • 01:00 - 15 May, 2012
Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture
Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture, © Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

© Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg © Bent René Synnevåg +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Stokke, Norway
  • Project Team

    Todd Saunders, Attila Béres, Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach
  • Client

    Stokke Municipality and Sti For Øye Sculptural Park
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

From the architect. This sculptural installation was designed for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke, set amongst the Vestfold oak forest to the south of Oslo. Working alongside landscape architect and professor Rainer Stange in order to create the infrastructure for a woodland walk past a series of artists’ installations, Saunders proposed a series of steel and wooden walkways set at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet, or castle rock. The design plays with the idea of an artificially facilitated foray up above the forest floor, an elevated viewpoint that would otherwise be unavailable to the visitor.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

The design was whittled down from a set of twenty original ideas, a process Saunders calls a ‘form of Darwinism,’ an architectural evolution whereby only the fittest concepts survive. The object presents a unique experience, with the rusted four-tone Corten exterior seemingly harsh against the soft landscape, but as the visitor rises the contrasting wooden cladding of the inner surface creates a surprisingly warm environment to reflect the forest. The glass balustrade emphasizes the thinness of the structure, and the installation forms a vertical element that visitors have to ascend to lift them above the horizontal forest.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

Saunders calls this form a ‘one-liner in the landscape,’ a stairway to nowhere that works through the simple act of raising the viewpoint a few feet in the air. The solitary staircase, gives the object a surrealist appearance or a memory of a long lost ruin, the last remains of which still exists in the depths of this remote wood.

© Bent René Synnevåg
© Bent René Synnevåg

As with all Saunders’s landscape based projects, be they residential, sculptural or commercial, the site was intensely and thoroughly surveyed, resulting in a contour map accurate to 25cm. ‘It’s an absurd thing to place a staircase in a forest, but in a flat landscape you need some verticality,’ says Saunders, ‘so it’s important that the object reads well in the landscape.’

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The final structure was flown in by helicopter. The careful surveying ensured that not a single tree had to be cut to accommodate the new stairway to the sky, and the ambitions of the project were realized. Meticulously observed as a component of its surroundings, the Viewpoint is the solitary functional object in the art park.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture" 15 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/233689/forest-stair-in-stokke-saunders-architecture/>
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astrid · July 24, 2012

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andrei · May 20, 2012

i think it makes sence structually, you don't want to be supporting a huge weight with a small column, the end of the stair ground it fairly well, i think.

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Umano_Estudio · May 16, 2012

El punto panoramico lo encuentras n la escalera_Th panoramic point you find on the stairs http://t.co/34xFtNYs #arquitectura @Umano_Estudio

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Suiteurbana · May 16, 2012

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Lao Y · May 16, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: A staircase to nowhere. But still worth the journey: http://t.co/fKi8aaqI

Jose Loureiro · May 16, 2012

RT @ArchDaily: A staircase to nowhere. But still worth the journey: http://t.co/PkdwAsx4 Gosto do conceito!

James Brown · May 16, 2012

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Luisa Del Pilar · May 16, 2012

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Karlie Kirk · May 16, 2012

A staircase that leads to nowhere? With this view, yes please. http://t.co/yrOqlpc8 @ArchDaily

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Theo · May 16, 2012

"@ArchDaily: A staircase to nowhere. But still worth the journey: http://t.co/DDm82b0Y" paradiso.

Patrick H · May 15, 2012

Very beautiful and poetic project. But I can't help wondering if the stair should taper the other way (wide at the top). The viewing platform would be large enough to hold several people, and the overall form would relate to plants/trees (which start small at the ground and "blossom" above). Just a thought.

jamie go · May 16, 2012 10:58 PM

Ah but branches and tree trunks taper this way :)

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