Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect gives an insight how to make the human environment better
Whether we like it or not, we live in a man-made environment, designed by human intervention. It is a vertiginous idea to think that most of what surrounds us, even which trees are planted where, was decided by somebody. What's liberating in this is the fact that it means that we have the power to decide that things should be different, and, in particular, that as design professionals, we are free to rethink the human environment, and, why not, make it better.
Trying to maintain this freedom of thought, Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architects work at different scales and temporalities. The work therefore naturally ranges from building with age-old materials in the Stone House (WAN House of the Year Award 2011 Highly Commended), to rethinking the public process by proposing a temporary installation for public debate before building a possible extension of the Louvre. This latter, speculative proposal, not surprisingly controversial and hastily judged, tries to address existing views by building below the tree-line on the site of the demolished Tuilleries, enhancing the public experience of the museum and park through a vertical promenade.
The project for the indoor tennis hall was designed to push the potential of new timber technology, large-scale panels cut to recycle residue and make free-form space adapted to the dynamics of sports.