Enigmatic structures

Walls and paths help to guide us. Unless they form part of a maze or labyrinth that is, in which case they are intriguingly misleading. By Elke Hildebrandt

Opaque insights

A maze of wall-less rooms: the two-storey S-House by Tokyo-based architect Yuusuke Karasawa has no walls or corridors. The evenly sized interior spaces are linked only by a series of zigzagging stairways.

Koichi Torimura / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Crystal clear confusion

At the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, American sculptor Robert Morris has designed a glass labyrinth that visitors can walk through. The 2.2-metre-high glass panes in this triangular structure weigh a total of over 350 tonnes.

John Lamberton

Utopian hotel rooms

Upside-down staircases, deceptive perspectives and doors that lead nowhere. At boutique hotel The Other Place in Guilin, south-east China, architects Studio 10 have created two mysterious guest rooms inspired by Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. 

Chao Zhang / The Other Place – Guilin Litopia / Nianhua Cultural and Creative

Elevated hide-and-seek

A sculpture for explorers of all ages: 10 Cal Tower is a vertical concrete labyrinth that has been constructed on the edge of a park near Bang Saen Beach, east of Bangkok. At each level, terraces and staircases diverge, thus creating various routes to the summit.

Wison Tungthhunya
Title image: John Lamberton

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