architectural project landmark tower | dublin _ireland
landscape for argonauts
hardly any other place evokes such strong emotions in such a way like the exit point of an harbour into the open sea. on this interface of water and land, of time and space, of life and death it comes to light all too obvious like under a burning glass, what usually is being forgotten and dispelled by men in everyday life: the confrontation with the big transcendental questions of the human existence. the key figure for this existential orientation from the history of art is probably caspar david friedrich‘s „the monk by the sea“. it shows simply and radically this fundamental confrontation of the individual with the monumentality of the natural phenomena on the border of land and water. our proposal translates this emotional force that goes out from the genius loci into a dynamic time-spatial composition.
„he dreamt that he had time and saw himself as a long straight road“ (peter handke). a long ascending public promenade draws the visitors up to and into the building, which seems to float above this sloping base. this over length ramp produces strong impressions of departure, voyage and of having escaped. the stroller leaves everyday life more and more and approaches - in his mind - the distant horizontal line.
at the end of this way 'melancholy of an afternoon' (de chirico) is tangible : a small 'open-air cinema without screen' releases the spectacular view over the harbour to the open sea. the landmark tower itself stands on elegant V-formed pillars - associations of a hull held by many struts just about to be launched - are intended and transforms the horizontal dynamics of the visitors promenade to the sloped, folded verticality.
inside the building the public path is continued spiral and leads up to the open, free, football pitch sized roof-terrace via 'squares' and theatre like organised landscapes of stairs. the exciting quality of the place culminates here in a proverbial 360°-panoramic-view. it is the emptiness and the expanse, that envelopes the visitors up here. there are primarily two aspects that give the building its distinctive character:
• the scenographic and time-spatial production of the transit-place.
• the structural shaping derived from the movement of the visitors throughout the building. the folded path-space constitutes the structure of the building and determines the shape of the new landmark of dublin.
designed by _matthias karch, coworking _carolin hoefler