|3XN’s Museum of Liverpool - Interview with Kim Herforth Nielsen:|
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Interview with Kim Herforth Nielsen:
The opening of the Museum of Liverpool coincides with 3XN’s 25 Year Anniversary. Does that make the project even more important for you?
Without a doubt! And not least because I view the Museum of Liverpool as one of the largest and most prestigious projects to emerge from the 3XN studio.
The Facade on the Museum of Liverpool has a very distinct pattern. Patterns are often associated with your facades. Why is that?
Traditional facades often deal with interruptions – windows for example. I wish to create a holistic kind of architecture, and a patterned façade ties the building together into one sculptural entity. By creating the pattern into a relief, as we did with the Museum of Liverpool, we give the façade an element of variation, as the changing light and shadow affect the relief’s expression. Origami is an inspirational art form for me – and it is one of the ideals that I put emphasis on when I work with the younger architects at 3XN. This is not just because of the aesthetics that come out of applying patterns, but also because using patterns can also create an efficiency in the amount of materials used in the façade’s design. This is the case in the Museum of Liverpool – here the pattern we used resulted in less wastage of stone material.
Another characteristic of your work which is also quite a focal point in the Museum of Liverpool are staircases. Can you explain why you often choose to do very sculptural and central staircases?
I view staircases as a central social room. It’s my experience that stairs are the generator for social interaction. People speak together when they walk together up or down a staircase. If the staircase is sculpturally executed and at the same time gives the user a beautiful overview, people will want to use it. The central staircase creates an animated central space in a building and ties together various rooms and floors in an organic way. It is also space optimizing in that people can avoid long corridors, which almost always contributes in a positive way to a building.
You have a particular interest in designing Cultural Buildings. Why might this be?
Because Cultural Buildings are the most challenging and enjoyable projects! The buildings we consider our most important are often Cultural Buildings. If they are designed well, they tell a story of the time, the city or nation that has brought them into being. Cultural Buildings need to be more than just their function, creating identity and awareness. This creates a requirement for the architect to interpret the symbolic potential that lies within a culture and express this through physical form.
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