The King’s Garden of Rosenborg Castle – the oldest example of classical garden design in Denmark – is the site for FABRIC’s installation, the Trylletromler. Literally translated into ‘Zoetrope’, the Trylletromler takes on the most elementary garden element – the Fence, and transforms it to represent the 3 main periods of the site’s history – the original based on principals of Euclidean Geometry, followed by Baroque style mazes and labyrinths and finally being bisected by the ‘kavalergangen’ and the ‘damegangen’ – the 2 tree-lined promenades.
The fence, with each member separated by a solid wedge, in patterns both irregular and repetitive, gives an illusion of transparency while enclosing you within the bounds of the maze. An element such as the fence, usually used to enclose space rather blurs the line between open and enclosed here. What makes it even more engaging is the fact that the peepholes in the fence give you a partially illusive vision and feeling of motion, much like a Zoetrope.
In continuation with the fluid movement of the fence, circular openings, like the lifting of the curtain in places, subtly guide the path of visitors around the pavilion. The openings, intentionally dislocated from the obvious line of sight, create circulation paths along the circular edges of the pavilion leaving the central spaces to be used as the people please, hence making it a very diverse space. Made of untreated wood, this installation is completely reusable once taken down.
By: Shamita Chaudhry
- Architects: Fabric Architecture
- Location: Rosenborg Castle, 1350 Copenhagen, Denmark
- Design Team: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn; project team: Greta Mozzachiodi, Guillermo Lavernia, Charlotte Simpson and Ida Fløche Moller
- Construction Team: MOELVEN Denmark A/S, Copenhagen Technical College
- Client: Danish Architects Association, DAA Copenhagen department
- Photographs: Walter Herfst