Pavilion MMA 1-1, Kings Garden Copenhagen

The idea for the P.O.V pavilion is inspired by its location in the renascence garden of Rosenberg Castle with its inherent logic of perspective order.

“Perspicere” from Latin means looking through, just as Leon-Battista Alberti describes in his book “Della pittura” from 1435. In this book he use the term velo to describe the veil between the observer and the observed. He also describes the visual pyramid as a set of straight lines from the object’s surface to the observers eye.

The concept of perspective has later obtained a significant influence in our way of understanding the world. Not only in the field of art, but also within science and philosophy, where it describes how our origin influences the way we judge the matter we observe.

The pavilion is a physical representation of this. Its aim is to emphasize the relation of the observer and the observed, the relation of subject and object. By doing this, the pavilion draws the focus to the historic discussion of subjectivity.

The pavilion is constructed of 1300 identical wooden poles, each held together by a set of connecting sticks. The connecting sticks vary slightly in length thus defining the curve of the sphere. The structure has a shape of a icosahedron that is made up of 20 almost equal triangles, making it ideal for a regular distribution of poles on the spheres surface. The entrance is simply made up by clearing one section of the sphere. It’s deliberately so low that an adult has to bend a bit to enter, thus emphasizing a shift from outside to inside.