POINT ZERO

Type: Competition
Location: Coastline, Belgium
Scale: 36 m²
Year: 2014

Design: Jason Slabbynck

Project description:
The organizers of Beaufort, an art triennial focused on the coastline of Belgium, wanted to give the upcoming edition of the three month-long event a fresh, new approach. To do so, contemporary artists were invited to reflect on the theme ‘Beyond Borders’ through the design of a temporary architecture pavilion set within the duned landscapes of the Atlantic coast. The organizers proposed the question ‘what new meaning can be connected with borderlines and border areas?’ asking that the vision of the artists and the location of the art piece should become a marking point, a poetic question mark relating to the protected natural environment that would be its setting.

Our response to this challenge reflects the fact that a borderline always straddles something dual. It cannot exist without two separate areas which themselves are autonomous, while not equal to each other. There is no hierarchy where a borderline exists. A borderline is therefore determined by faith, faith in a common denominator, the line itself. The proposed pavilion will form this denominator: a marking point, a symbolic zero point, set within the dunes. Point Zero forms the beginning of a Cartesian coordinate system from which our conception of the surrounding area can take shape. It draws borderlines through the open space of the romantic dune landscape; which derive their legitimacy from this point zero. A starting point for our minds to stretch beyond both real and perceived borders.

This pavilion is a formal, external and spatial expression of this coordinate system, which we can experience on a physical level. The walls and floors each represent a different axis in the Cartesian grid, creating an inverted, inhabitable space on two levels, and providing both a shelter and an outlook. In this way, the pavilion not only draws the gaze and thoughts of the viewer physically inwards; but also allows the visitor to look and think outwards, into the surroundings. The space that is created can be used for exhibitions, but can also become a place for discussion and meeting, perhaps above all, contemplation, whether introverted or extroverted: a viewing platform during sunny weather, or a roof against wind and rain. In this way the pavilion embodies the dualism of a border, between a hard marking and a soft, poetic question mark.

 
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