AMSTERDAM (NL) - In the last week of May a nondescript white box appeared on Amsterdam's Oosterdokskade, in front of the central public library. Open and free to the public for a duration of four weeks (28 May – 28 June 2010), this pavilion by Amsterdam-based DUS Architects hides a unique realm. Called the 'Unlimited Urban Woods', the project's illusive interior space has been given over to an infinite pocket of nature sequestered within concrete and steel surroundings.
It consists of an exterior of multiplex panelling with applied vinyl graphics and an interior of opposing mirrors that enclose a single pollarded linden tree. While within the box, it seems as if the observer stands not in a city, but in the depths of an endless forest, surreal in its regimented perfection in every direction. Here visitors are given the chance to find a moment of leafy respite, shutting out the urban reality that lurks just steps away, through the doorway.
Friday | 11 June | 2010 | Netherlands | Dutton R. Hauhart