All images courtesy of Ctrl+N
Collaboration is key in the work of Ctrl+N and ‘Breaking the surface’ is a project that offered them a partnership like no other. Alongside Scandinavian Design Group, Kontur, Abida, and Intek, they started the process by exploring several concepts. soon, these were narrowed down to two equally strong ideas which would both celebrate the ideas and aspirations of the client, Lundin Norway.
My approach to design is ironically both strong and soft, with this pavilion I have expressed a strong and informative form but simultaneously created a soft and comfortable series of spaces for people to experience,’ said project architect Johnathon Little of Ctrl+N. ‘The strong, angular expression of the pavilion encompasses inviting spaces with soft walls and warm tones of floor and furnishings.’
From the outset, the ambition was to give the installation the right setting. The surroundings should be non-confrontational, but also have a life of their own. It was pertinent to offer both an informative experience to the visitor and create the right setting to accomplish Lundin’s objectives.
Following their vision, the collective has allowed the public full access to all spaces while negotiating a zone for business. To accomplish they have used three levels. The first platform acts as a meeting and mingling area where the audience catches a glimpse of the ‘main event.’ On the second, the installation is experienced from within, where its suspended tubes move and shine as a tribute to the company. This effect is enclosed with the atmosphere of an exhibition room. White walls with a blurred and diffused structure dimly revealed from behind will encase the warm glowing object.
The upper level will offer a different expression and aesthetic. Here, innovation and engineering are celebrated, exposing the processes and makings of the work. The visitor can walk around the perimeter rather than through it, sit beneath its canopy, and reflect in peace.