Archstoyanie: Nikola’s Belvedere competition
This seemingly passive belvedere is a commentary about the corrupted political state and how the act of being transparent can kill its existence. Veering away from the one-sided vantage point of the panopticist observation deck, it composes a panoramic view of the site in a way that the viewer sees himself within the context of the site as opposed to just seeing the site devoid of his presence. Deriving from the hierarchal implications of sousveillance versus surveillance, it presents a collective vista from a common ground, implying the act of common people watching together, rather than an individualistic view from above that represents the gaze of higher authorities.
The exposure of both sides of the spectrum and everything in between through reflection is the direct physical manifestation of truth through transparency. About the Competition The competition’s objectives include design and construction of observation deck/belvedere which will connect composition-wise Rotunda by Brodsky and Arch by Bernaskoni art objects into a uniform architectural ensemble and will become the high-rise dominant of Versailles Park.WTA Architecture + Design Studio
Year + Status: 2013 – Winner