Forest in a Box
DUS Architects' Unlimited Urban Woods Pavilion, exterior and interior photos.
Amsterdam dwellers eager to escape the urban heat for some greenery need not travel far. DUS Architects has kindly created a portal to a silvan landscape in the middle of a public plaza in Oosterdokskade. Reminiscent of the magical closet in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Unlimited Urban Woods container is a small piece of urban furniture that transforms into a seemingly endless woodland setting upon entry. Making use of several cleverly placed mirrors, the structure creates the illusion of an infinite forest with only a single tree. According to architect Hedwig Heinsman, "It's a space with its own horizon, where you can flee the city in the middle of town."