I wanted to use archeological excavation as a way of creating meaningful spaces and expose previously hidden or unseen parts of the ruin of Kalø Slotsruin - the ruin of a medieval castle. The following diagrams are my attempts at listing and evaluating different ways of doing it. It was to turn out however that an abstract idea of excavation was less effectful than excavations based on experiences from walking around the site.
The castle ruin is situated on a peninsula jutting out from Djursland in Kalø bay, and the tower juts up from the hill like a rotten tooth of old bricks. The walk to the island across the land bridge is long and stony and the story ends with you walking across a bridge across the old moat to the castle itself.
For a long time my main tool for developing the project was a 1x1 meter drawing. I went back to the site several times, redrew and redrew the project again on tracing paper. The project consists of frames in the landscape, lined with bricks. Within these excavations with concrete floors point to features of the castle that either were hidden or went unnoticed before. The two main interventions at the site are an excavation at the main tower of the castle where you can get down to the foundations of the castle, and an auditorium building set on the hillside with stairs and seats corresponding to the slope of the hill.
Perspective drawing and technical drawings.
Sketches from different stages of the process
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