Ben Van Berkel 2014

Architectural torsion is a key element in the design of a number of UNStudio projects on different scales, from buildings to pavilions. For Twist, torsion was adapted to the shape of a handle. Reducing the scale, the twisting movement was reproportioned to be of human size, in order to connect it directly to the body, the gesture of the hand, and its tactile perception.



TWIST, 2014

Twist is a simple object with complex geometry that unites and consolidates two sets of characteristics. For the anatomy of the lever, the shaft containing the cylinder fluidly turns into the flat plane of the lever, smoothly converting from tubular to flat surface.

— Running Magnet Installation, Flos, Salone del Mobile, Milano 2015

— Click to play: Ben Van Berkel, Salone del Mobile 2014

— Centre For Virtual Engineering (Zve), Stuttgart (D), 2012

The ergonomic contour created by this gradual transformation follows a dynamic movement that is frozen, so to speak, into a solid material. Its appearance is a balance of modernness and classicality.

— Arnhem Central, Platform Roofs, Arnhem (NL), 2012

The volume that curves and then flattens on the underside of the lever comfortably fits the grip of thumb and index finger, while the flat upper surface reacts to the pressure generated by the palm of the hand. A three-degree inclination toward the door has the function of facilitating the hand’s grip.
— Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

— Mirai House, Leiden (NL), 2012

— Kutaisi International Airport, Georgia, 2011-2013