The frontal storage/display of the showroom is the main organizational theme in the Nansensgade Furniture Showroom. Instead of storing the items in a horizontal, space consuming fashion, the furniture showpieces are stacked vertically which both frees up space for a main gallery space and displays the furniture to the street – the product becomes the facade. This is made possible through the employment of an automated stacking robot akin to the machine used by Volkswagen at its Autostadt in Wolfsberg, Germany. More than just a way to stack furniture, however, the robot takes on a strong aesthetic presence in the space and becomes and integrated part of the architectural experience. The user encounters the machine upon arrival and there is a constant dialogue between man and machine throughout the space. The pods in which the furniture is stored/displayed are of varying sizes, but all conform to a basic 1.5m x 2m grid defining the space allocation on the facade. The varying sizes allows for the displaying of a number of different types for furniture depending on the need of the client, and maintaining a constant grid means that these different size pods could be stacked in any number of ways creating an ever changing facade storage system. Additionally, the constant flux of furniture means the facade will dynamically change depending on what is on display creating a real dialogue between the program of the building and the street life in front of it. To read more about the project including its structure and natural daylighting click here or below to view the PDF submittal with more text and drawings/diagrams.