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14FEB 2014

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

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From the architect.

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A rusty steel ring is gently draped upon a grass hill in Carnisselande, a Rotterdam suburb. It’s a giant circular stair leading the visitor up to a height that allows an unhindered view of the horizon and the nearby skyline of Rotterdam.

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The path makes a continuous movement and thereby draws on the context of the heavy infrastructural surrounding of ring road and tram track. While a tram stop presents the end or the start of a journey, the route of the stairway is endless.

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NEXT architects designed the stair for a local art plan commissioned by the municipality of Barendrecht . Because of its structure, the shape of the object is hard to perceive; every perspective generates a new image with which the design is not only a contextual but also a very literal answer to the given context of the local art plan: an Elastic Perspective.

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Based on the principal of the Möbius strip, the continuous route of the stair is a delusion: “We are intrigued by the Mobius strip, by its characteristic of having only one surface, no top nor bottom. When used as a path, it suggests a continuity, but crossing that path is – at least physically – an impossibility.

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It’s that kind of ambiguity that we recognized in the inhabitants of this suburb: mentally they still feel very much connected to their mother town Rotterdam, but in daily life they are definitively disconnected. With the Mobius strip stair we offer them a glimpse towards the Rotterdam skyline, but to continue their trip, they have to turn backwards, facing the context of their everyday life, Carnisselande.

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”Rotterdam, by tram just minutes away, but in perception and experience tucked behind infrastructure and noise barriers; far away, so close..

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Buitenpolikliniek Carnisselande, Middeldijkerplein 36, DL Barendrecht, The Netherlands

Design team:
Architects: NEXT Architects
Engineering: ABT consult, Velp
Contractor: Mannen van Staal, Leeuwarden

Sander Meisner



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