architecture students melvin koolen, paul breteler, and thomas rosema have designed an addition to bernard tschumi’s pavilion in the city of groningen, the netherlands. the design addition, a wooden shell, aims to enhance the disorientation experienced by visitors to the sloping structure.

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the wooden component enhances the disorientation effects of the sloped structure
all images © peter de kan

 

 

the wooden structure is made of wooden slats cut in just two different lengths. its staggered design creates a dynamic whole as each slat is attached to the next one with a single screw to form a solid self-supporting construction. the design appears to be floating motionless around the glass pavilion.

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the wooden shell adds an additional component to the existing structure

 

 

the exact positioning as well as curving of the slats were both determined during the construction phase. as visitors enter the pavilion, they ‘discover they are in a space with all kinds of different sight-lines and entering light rays’, explains the design team. ‘with a renewed view the city starts re-appearing through the wooden shell again’.

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the tschumi pavilion is still being used as an exhibition space for art projects to this day 

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the staggered design creates a dynamic whole as each slat is attached to the next one with a single screw

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
with a renewed view the city starts re-appearing through the wooden shell again’, says the design team

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
in contrast to the transparent pavilion, the new addition does not immediately reveal what it contains

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
different sight-lines and entering light rays define the space

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the structure is made of wooden slats cut in just two different lengths

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
the design appears to be floating motionless around the glass pavilion

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
concept diagram

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
concept diagram

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
floor plan

bernard tschumi glass pavilion
sectional diagram

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