Textile fashion Center (Borås, Sweden)
In front of the entrance of the recently opened University of Textile & Fashion in Borås, there is a carpet of stone. The pattern of the carpet is inspired by a weaving method for complicated patterns; the so-called Jacquard technique. A series of box-shaped benches mark the central line of the carpet; for sitting or as podiums for display of students work. The carpet and its furniture underline the metaphor with the runways of the fashion industry.
In the agglomerated, dense campus area separate rooms in the outdoors can be distinguished. Except for the entrance room there is a shady, almost bewitching space where the river forms the floor and pathways around the edges are suspended in the building facades. Yet another space is located further into the area, where a new pedestrian bridge with see-through floor connects the two banks of the river. On the other side is a series of wooden decks, oriented towards the south, and shaped into spaces for sitting, resting, meeting, discussing.j
by Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects