SOM plants “mind-bending” Christmas tree in Aalborg

Chicago starchitect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) has designed an "alternative" Christmas tree in Jutland, Denmark.

The tree has been erected at the Utzon Center in Aalborg, alongside the "Sky’s the Limit" exhibition, which displays skyscrapers designed by the firm, such as the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower.

The 7m-tall structure is made from 1,000 squares of Peter Lassen’s GRID, a modular fiberglass cube.

The latticed tree is illuminated in different colours and allows visitors to step into its centre.

Lasse Andersson, creative director at the Utzon Center, said: "Stepping into the middle of a Christmas tree and getting that different and, in some ways, mind-bending experience of space and design, is not something you can experience elsewhere in Denmark."

SOM designed the shape of the tree and Steensen Warming created the lighting design in in only three weeks.

The Christmas tree and exhibition are on display until mid-January.

Images via the Utzon Center

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