DECI Pavilion, París

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

This column, an octagonal shaft that decreases its size upon ascension, embodies an ambiguous scale, resonating with historic landmarks while distorting the perspective of the most monumental axis in Paris. As a temporary wooden monolith, the object has a familiar yet remote presence.

Technically, this small tower might be read as a tenth of another building. Literally, the name of the construction is given both by that conventional proportion to reality but also by its number of levels, by its ten octagonal drums. Despite its modest size, this ambitious tower echoes many fictions: a Babel barbican, a ziggurat, a lighthouse, an epic pedestal or an obsolete telescopic observatory. Still, the tower is a genuine and tacit building, with enough room to be occupied by a single tenant (perhaps a voluntary prisoner, or a guardian), which can be understood as a mere part of a real building; a freestanding column.

As if following the ancient and arbitrary rule of ‘entasis,’ besides a rather reasonable gravitational logic, each drum decreases its size upon ascension. Each side of the drum has a simple rectangular opening. Since the opening does not change its size, the system closes in itself the moment there is not enough room to place another opening on the wall.

Ubicación Location

Jardín de las Tullerías, París, Francia

Cliente Client

Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC 2016)

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Diego Pérez, Victoria Bodevin, Findlay Barge, Iven Peh, Sarah Biffa, Anton zu Knyphausen, Daniel Andersson, Teresa Correia

Consultores Consultants

Solo Galerie / Christian Bourdais,

Eva Albarran (producción production)

Contratista Builder

Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Dimensiones Dimensions


Fotos Photos

Pezo von Ellrichshausen