At first glance, these public conference doors, office entrances, and even a connecting door look like any other door in the building. On closer examination, though, security chains which mean the door can't be opened catch your eye. One double glass door has two spyholes in it; another has a bullet hole. Another door has a doorknob mounted on the wrong side. By adapting their works to the existing architectural language of forms, Elmgreen & Dragset seem to affirm them. In actual fact, however, their doors are a response to the high safety standards in buildings such as the Aviation Center, which regulate access to the building. The transparency and openness suggested by the glass facade also transforms – thanks to their subtle interventions – into a symbolic value, one that has little to do with the actual ease of access to the world of leading companies.
born in Copenhagen
born in Trondheim
Live and work in London and Berlin.
They have been working together since 1995.