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moneo brock studio: glass pavilion in cuenca, spain
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mar 01, 2013
moneo brock studio: glass pavilion in cuenca, spain


‘glass pavilion’ by moneo brock studio, cuenca, spain
images © ake lindman
all images courtesy of moneo brock studio

 

 

madrid-based moneo brock studio has sought to rehabilitate the abandoned natural landscape bordering the jucar and moscas rivers with a
forest of steel and glass. the ‘glass pavilion’ fits the historic spanish city of cuenca with an ice-skating rink, performance space, bars and restaurants,
all under the cover of faceted abstractions of the surrounding woodlands. the 23 pentagonal modules act as a mediator between the encompassing thicket
and the urban fabric, using the fragmentation of architectural materials to articulate the geometrical theater of the park. a crystalline exterior belies
the overlayed truss-work appreciated under the cover of the open-plan space. the 35 acre site becomes a locus of activity, filtered by the complex compositions
and transformative volumes of light the shelter permits. glass of varying opacities completes the unification of landscape, sunlight and human interaction.

 

 

the all weather pavilion envelopes the program with faceted glazing
images © ake lindman

 

 

structure articulates form with directional steel trusses
images © ake lindman

 

 

glass of varying opacities creates a gradient of built space
images © ake lindman

 

 

the architecture allows for the appreciation of the surrounding park
images © ake lindman

 

 

pentagonal modules are repeated, inverted and joined
images © ake lindman

 

 

steel and glass abstract the shapes of nearby trees
images © ake lindman

 

 

(left): detail of the joinery
(right): exterior views

images © ake lindman

 

 

the pavilion is a dynamic filter between the urban landscape and the park
images © ake lindman

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