Kjellander+Sjöberg / SWE
Our themes for the Light House exhibition are universal, or if you will, a common ground: LIGHT, IN-BETWEEN SPACE, AND CONTEXT.
In the working process we sought to include the notions central to our practice, regarding connections, interaction and use.
LIGHT. In northern Europe, daylight is precious. Our starting point was the Scandinavian summer-evening light, which to us represents a special situation, an almost physical space or topography. It is a magical time of day, where events and objects are not as clearly defined in shape and meaning. Objects appear to switch places, colour or character, not unlike Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream…
This specific light, when refracted in the atmosphere, introduces simultaneously the warm reddish-orange spectrum and – as a contrast – the colder bluish light of the sky, caught by greenery, trees, and various shades of the surroundings. These two opposites form a full picture or experience – a perception of reality, at a specific moment.
IN-BETWEEN SPACE. To us, one of the fundamental questions formulated during our working process regards what takes place in between the question of making space and leaving space. What happens? How does one space affect another? Which sequences of serial experiences are developed? What can be achieved with architecture? This leads us to develop intermediate spaces between landscape, city, and architecture.
CONTEXT. We see the Light House as a response to and comment upon Sverre Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion, a dialogue in structure and space. Here, there is a focus on daylight and nature; here, for most of the day an even light falls from above, into a continuous free-flowing space punctuated by contrasting tree trunks. Is this structure general – allowing for improvisation and open to use and interpretation – or is it specific?
We see architecture as a means to expand the context. To change or bend the existing plot, add or remove programs, activities, and definitions. In this way, architecture influences and transforms the context and, vice versa, the context shapes the architecture.

Photo: Ilari Järvinen

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