This modern recreation of Stonehenge may resemble the layout of the prehistoric monument, but Swiss architecture firm BUREAU A is all about impermanence and reuse. Built using 50 blue shipping containers placed in a circular arrangement, Steelhenge evokes pagan rituals which once surrounded the original monument in a way commemorates the disappearing alternative and squat culture in Geneva.
BUREAU A was commissioned to built a temporary venue for the first edition of the biennale for independent art spaces in Geneva, BIG. The steel containers were placed in a way which references the layout of the ruins of Stonehenge and stacked to echo its height. The team worked with a limited budget and decided to build with reusable elements such as shipping containers.
“The biennale was only organized for a long weekend,” said BUREAU A’s Leopold Banchini. “With a restricted budget, we had to go for a fast and easily reusable material: the container,” he added.
The entire structure was built in a day using a crane. Concrete blocks were added to provide greater stability to the structures, while the design of the interiors were designed by gallery participants at the biennale.
Photos by Dylan Perrenoud