Forest Stairs is a sculptural installation designed by Saunders Architecture for the Sti For Øye sculpture park in Stokke (Norway) in the forest of Vestfold oak south of Oslo. The infrastructure was carried out with the help of the landscape architect and Professor Rainer Stange. The architects then proposed a series of steel and wooden footbridges installed at the highest point of the site, looking east towards Slottsfjellet and Castle Rock. The idea is to propose an artificial foray over the forest in order to create a high point of view that would otherwise be inaccessible to the visitor. The solitary staircase seems to be a surrealist structure in this forest, evoking the memory of an ancient ruin.
Saunders Architecture is based in Bergen, Norway. Combining dynamic construction and material experimentation (while using the traditional methods of the trade), the firm has worked on cultural and residential projects in Norway, England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada.
Led by a strong sensitivity to contemporary design, the studio believes that architecture must play an important role in the creation of a place by using elements, materials and textures to evoke the memory of forms and Promote human interaction. Saunders Architecture works in both natural and artificial contexts.
Saunders Architecture was founded by Canadian architect Todd Saunders in 1998. He has been living and working in Bergen since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill University in Montreal. In parallel with his work in the architectural firm, he has been a professor at the Bergen School of Architecture since 2001.
© Todd Saunders, with Attila Béres and Ken Beheim-Schwarzbach
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