Trio is our competition entry to the Swedish Steel Building Institute and Architects Sweden’s competition “72h Steel Race”, a three-day competition asking architects to design an entrance pavilion for the Arkitekturgalan 2020.
Trio joins two of Stockholm’s most well-known meeting places, Konserthustrappan and Karl Milles’ fountain sculpture Orfeusgruppen. The stairs, wide, inviting, extroverted, a piece of large-scale urban furniture and monumental entrance in one. The fountain statue, facing the sky, gathered with four distinct sides. To complete the trio, these two iconic objects are joined by an embracing sculptural structure in polished stainless steel sheet. A line, a point, a circle.
The pavilion shows the steel from its most seductive side: thin, shiny, curved. Trios four entrances create a dynamic meeting place that enables passage and spontaneous unforced meetings. Trio submits to the Concert Hall’s strong symmetry and is placed along its center line.
Four thin arched walls in sheet metal inscribed in a four-meter large circle form four openings in two axes, one up towards the main entrance and one along the facade of the Concert Hall. In this way, Trio functions both as a natural and welcoming meeting place and an entrance motif.
On top of the walls, a thin, flat sloping circular roof is threaded, which stabilizes the construction. A round hole with the same diameter as the Concert Hall’s pillars lets in light in the middle of the pavilion and opens up unexpected views towards the Concert Hall’s colonnade. The enclosing wall elements are illuminated from the inside creating an intimate and inviting environment. In order to better land on the uneven surface the lower part of the wall elements are arched echoing Hötorget’s wavy pavement.
The quartet’s symmetrical design without clear front and back sides and its basic function means that, when the party is over, it can easily be reused in many different kinds of environments, such as rain protection, information pavilion, party place, eco-temple. The parts are assembled together without screwing or bolting but are threaded together in sawn-off grooves and are easily disassembled when moving.