Pavilion at Kvadrat Headquarters
In collaboration with Thomas Demand Ebeltoft, Denmark 2017–present (under construction)
This project, for a conference pavilion set in the coastal dunes surrounding the textile company Kvadrat’s headquarters in Ebeltoft, on the east coast of Denmark, is a design collaboration with the artist Thomas Demand.
The pavilion is about pleasure and hospitality, with its form inspired by the combination of three ‘found’ objects chosen by the artist: a piece of yellow legal paper, a paper plate, and an American soda jerk’s hat. The three objects are assembled as a still life on a gentle hillock within the landscape; they provide a meeting room, a small kitchen, and a larger flexible living room that holds a hanging textile piece by the artist Rosemarie Trockel. The site is delicately landscaped and dotted with artworks by Olafur Eliasson and Roman Signer.
The three volumes are built with light steel structures. The ‘paper plate’ provides an entrance to the pavilion; its cylindrical volume is fully glazed, and its thin round columns hold up the plate, made in a formed sheet of steel. The ‘legal paper’ is fully glazed, with the faded yellow-and-black-lined folded paper sheet made in translucent formed fibreglass. The ‘hat’ is made in fully welded steel plate that rises out of the landscape, its elliptical shape rising directly out of the rolling landscape.
M Leuven presents a major retrospective of the work of the artist Thomas Demand, featuring two works made by the artist in collaboration with Caruso St John: The unrealised Nagelhaus and the soon to be built pavilion at the headquarters of fabric manufacturers Kvadrat in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
Gross internal area
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Project manager, construction manager
Link, Lüchinger Meyer Hermansen
Vogt Landscape Architects AG