Ah, ancient ruins. Sometimes all we want is to visualize them whole again, but sometimes we want more. And more is what was given to the 700-year-old “Kalø Castle” near Aarhus, Denmark.
Abandoned for centuries, the three-story brick structure was recently reborn as a rad observational tower, thanks to a tastefully modern staircase that zig-zags discreetly up the medieval ruin. The intervention, designed by Copenhagen-based firm MAP Architects, is made of steel frames clad in ash wood, and, per Designboom, has been heat-treated to last up to 60 years without the need for paint.
Allowing a close-up look at the castle innards, the staircase is almost entirely concealed within the structure. From afar, one can only see the few glass-fronted small balconies that offer sweeping views of the landscape.