3px 13 copy

Paper Composite Cladding & Staircase, WWII Radar Bunker, IW

 

3px 21 copy

A WWII Radar Bunker, commissioned panels for the exterior of the building & staircase for interior.

LMA Architecture / photos: Julian Winslow

Using a solid paper composite the 'fins' for the exterior cladding of this contemporary building
wrap around the top floor. Within the building the staircase is also designed from the same
paper composite. Shards and splinters, geometric forms, mark making in the three dimensional.
Both exterior and interior reference the disguise and disruption of dazzle camouflage and brutalist
architecture.

LP 20 We do like the staircase one copy

‘Dazzle’ was originated by Lieutenant-Commander Norman Wilkinson, who argued that if a ship could be broken up into strongly contrasted design, her course could not be observed without longer periscope observation and even still not exactly. This uncertainty might delay enemy fire until the ship had obtained a chance of escape. The Dazzle aesthetic impacted the modern art movements of Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism and has been adopted internationally by the major navies, evolving into a more defined ‘disruptive’ camouflage by the Second World War.'