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The Triple Folly by Thomas Demand and Caruso St John for Kvadrat

Thomas Demand and Caruso St John follow "the logic of paper" for The Triple Folly pavilion

German artist Thomas Demand has teamed up with Caruso St John Architects to create his first building – a pavilion at the Kvadrat headquarters in Denmark that was designed to look like it is made out of paper.

The Triple Folly is made up of three volumes, featuring elements that resemble a paper plate, a sheet of notepaper and a paper hat.

In this way, the building playfully references the architectural models that Demand has spent his career producing and photographing as art.

The Triple Folly by Thomas Demand and Caruso St John for Kvadrat
The Triple Folly features details based on paper plates and notebook pages

"What was important to me was that it follows the logic of paper," Demand said during a tour of the building.

"In my experience as an artist, I have the best ideas when I can work away with things in my hands," he added.

"I thought that would be a good guideline for the whole thing."

The Triple Folly is located in Ebeltoft, Denmark, at the headquarters of textile brand Kvadrat.

The Triple Folly by Thomas Demand and Caruso St John for Kvadrat
The roof of one block is designed to look like a folded piece of legal paper

The building is set to be used as a venue for hospitality events and conferences. However, this was not prescribed from the outset as Kvadrat CEO Anders Byriel gave Demand free rein to design whatever he wanted.

"It was a very unique experience," Demand said. "I tried to design every element in the building and was not stopped by Kvadrat."

The Triple Folly by Thomas Demand and Caruso St John for Kvadrat
The largest block is based on a soda jerk hat

British firm Caruso St John is a long-term collaborator of Demand's.

Their previous collaborations include Nagelhaus, an artwork that was set to be built in Zurich in 2009 before funding was cut, and which was later exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

For The Triple Folly pavilion, the role of studio founders Adam Caruso and Peter St John was to make Demand's paper vision buildable.

They chose to use fibreglass to transform the three paper elements from Demand's architectural model into large-scale architectural elements, which each represent a different function within the pavilion.

The Triple Folly by Thomas Demand and Caruso St John for Kvadrat
A paper plate provided cues for the roof of the entrance block

The paper plate was translated into the roof canopy of a cylindrical entrance lobby, which also houses a kitchen and informal dining space. Meanwhile, the folded piece of legal paper becomes a gable roof that is propped up by slender columns above a glazed meeting space.

The purple-coloured third volume, which is shaped like an American soda jerk hat, provides a space for performance. Its size was dictated by a textile artwork by German artist Rosemarie Trockel, which is installed inside.

Rosemarie Trockel installation
The building was sized so that a textile artwork by Rosemarie Trockel would fit inside

Interior details designed by Demand include handmade red door handles, a curved green kitchen, conference tables, a cylindrical bar counter and a concertina-style pendant lamp made from Murano glass.

Each of these elements has the feel of a paper model, much like the building itself.

Among the few things Demand didn't design are the chairs, which are the work of the late Swiss architect Max Bill.

Rosemarie Trockel installation
The artwork frames a room that is used for performance

The Triple Folly joins a series of artworks on display at Kvadrat's headquarters, including Roman Signer's House sculpture and a series of mirror "pools" in the landscape by Olafur Eliasson.

Demand described the pavilion as "the first and probably the last building" he will ever produce. "I think it's a piece of sculpture as much as it's a piece of architecture," he concluded.

The photography is by Nic Tenwiggenhorn.

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