Winning Entry for Archstoyanie: Nikola’s Belvedere
The project, which is called Sousveillance: Under Big Brother’s Skirt, is a winning competition entry and will be unveiled at the biannual Archstoyanie Festival in the last week of July 2013. This year’s theme is “Three Belevederes”. The design is for an observation deck in Nikola-Lenivets, a creative cluster not far from Moscow that’s home to the Archstoyanie Festival of landscape objects. The observation deck by Royce Mar Nicdao, the director of the Manila-based WTA Architecture and Design Studio, consists of a suspended lens-shaped mirror that provides a panoramic view of the surroundings from beneath.
Festival curator Anton Kochurkin said the construction was both sympathetic to the local surroundings and within budget. He added: “The choice was difficult but simplicity has won … The project belongs to another world, elegantly turning everything upside down.”