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Brief Published: 29 Apr 2013

Shimmering Subway Walls by Örnduvald


Danish architect firm Örnduvald has created a wall of shimmering pixels to disguise the current construction of Copenhagen’s underground metro line. The project, called Piles, consists of three works. Each is made of 45,546 metal discs, providing a sparkling contrast to the stark, fenced-in construction zones. 

Each piece represents the vast amounts of soil, water and rubble excavated for the new metro system. Nine different colours are arranged to sculpt relief patterns in the piles. A material called Air Display is used for the metallic foil discs – a material used typically in commercial signs by German manufacturing specialist BWS-Germany.

High-shine materials and surface finishes are regularly used to increase the sense of space. Read more about the transformative qualities of mirrored surfaces in the Stylus Materials Focus 2014-15 concept Interrupted Surfaces.

Piles will be on public view at Kongens Nytorv square in Copenhagen, Denmark, until July 2013. Copenhagen’s Metro transit company will be expanding the city centre with 17 new stations during 2018.