once upon a time in a pigsty

In German, the word pigsty=saustall and showroom=schaustall. So, there was an 18th-century pigsty (saustall) somewhere in Germany that had crumbling walls. The structure has a history of being partially destroyed during the World War II and later reused for many purposes is not the best case renovation. But the owner had plans to rebuild it as a showroom.

Stuttgart-based FNP Architekten could not touch the structure for it might crumble, and the structure needed a roof. Winner of the 2008 Emerging architecture award, this structure stands out as a project for the best adaptive re-use. The architects created a “house within a house” by assembling a wooden replica of the shell and later installing it on-site without touching the shell, thereby preserving it. A roof was installed, and now the randomness of the window and the crumbling structure feels ethnic.

The lighting makes the randomness of the facade look intentional for a showroom (schaustall). It might the similarity in the German words or it might the site location that inspired the architects. The little shack represents timelessness in architecture. Details on the installation are detailed out here.


Saturday finds

You could spin around this staircase for “n” number of times and never feel dizzy, This Vatican museum’s staircase was designed for the people who are ascending to never meet the people who are descending. Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, it is a monumental staircase and one of the most photographed one. But it gets more interesting, The design takes a physical representation and it was coincidental. The staircase design represents “Life” in other words the double helix DNA strand. It is not an abstract but an identical representation. The DNA was discovered much later in 1953. Design is something that never meets the eye at first sight. Meaningful interpretations and accidental coincidences make us celebrate design for many years to follow! Stay Inspired!

Vatican Museum staircase by photorator

Vatican Museum staircase by photorator


Double helix – oddee & alas obscura