Living on the Edge... In A Circle :: Gemini Residence
When you think about living on the edge, you might imagine a cabin perched on the edge of a cliff, a penthouse suite with glass floors, or even the new trendy container homes, but what about a circle? I have, admittedly, had a little bit of an obsession and fascination with the Gemini Residence, which is a converted Seed Silo project overlooking Copenhagen. These are private homes and the building is not open to the public, and I may have recently declared that I would be banging on a stranger's door soon if I didn't find a way in, but, as fate would have it, no jail time was necessary to get in for these shots. (Thank God. I look awful in orange.)
I was invited in to shoot a home that I will also be sharing with you, but before we get ahead of ourselves, let's chat about round buildings... Because, the idea of a round architectural structure is not new (the colosseum has been around for a year or two, at least!) and Copenhagen even boasts about it's round tower, but the Gemini Residence is an extraordinary feat of shape, texture, color (or near lack there of) and sheer genius when it comes to making the most of an existing outside shell.
The round shape brings uniformity and calm, which is subsequently broken up by placing the stairs in varying patterns around the circle. Consistency without boring expectancy. I love that. Little details, such as the lights, the ribbed affect on the balconies, and the natural cement material all play a role in creating a unified yet complex structure. I think it's brilliant, don't you?
I cannot wait to print some of these photos and add them to some of my more feminine spaces, though they could work just as beautifully in a traditional library as well. (I will have my photography shop open soon, but contact me if you are interested in a print now. All prints will be sold in limited editions.)
Photography:: Valentina Fussell