Björn Ehrlemark / Carin Kallenberg (Gothenburg, SE)
DRAWING THE CURTAIN
The state of uncertainty that the Norwegian government building complex has found itself in since the tragedies of July 22 2011 is already a part of its history. Windows covered in plywood and the Høyblokka high-rise office slab wrapped in protective plastic covering has been added as an additional layer to its identity.
The architectural intervention proposed in this project celebrates the present as a transitory moment. It suggest the installation of a curtain, fourteen stories in height, with an automated mobile suspension. Over the course of the day the system moves the curtain around the building’s facades, contracting and extending in width as it passes. Sometimes at a steady pace, other times slowing the movement to become almost unnoticeable, but never resting at a complete standstill.
Text: Björn Ehrlemark/Carin Kallenberg