domed grass pavilion by SeARCH hides exotic rainforest retreat domed grass pavilion by SeARCH hides exotic rainforest retreat
jul 11, 2014

domed grass pavilion by SeARCH hides exotic rainforest retreat

domed grass pavilion by SeARCH hides exotic rainforest oasis
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planted on the opposite side of the street from the historic sonneveld house in rotterdam, ‘yourtopia’ acts as a quiet and mysterious refuge from the city, a secret hideaway for contemplation and rest. amsterdam-based architecture practice SeARCH has been commissioned by the het nieuwe instituut to complete a temporary pavilion, set within the grounds of the renowned exhibition center.

 

the dome-shaped structure bears an exterior completely covered in grass, seamlessly integrating into the existing landscape. within the cavernous space, an exotic and lush variety of rainforest botanicals grow towards the sky, gathering plenty of light from a circular window at the ceiling. 

SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
passers-by on bikes admire the pavilion 
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consciously referencing traditional nomadic habitats such as the igloo and the yurt, the innovative steel structure spans 14 meters in diameter across the turf. it is envisioned as a 21st-century living space that is as personal as it is utopian. a small iron tunnel leads visitors to the actual pavilion entrance, where, once inside, they encounter strange and unknown plants and trees that evoke the sense of a tropical paradise. 

SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
the exterior of the structure is clad in grass
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the white floors and ceilings form a clean and calming environment, inviting entrants to relax and experience the sun-filled space. light enters freely through a ceiling window, shining down onto the greenery. hammocks installed throughout the volume hang and hover within the pavilion, further enhancing the serenity of the scene.

SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
a small portal leads visitors inside 
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‘social themes such as the influence of globalization, the longing for privacy, and the almost perverse imbalance in prosperity have radically altered the role of contemporary architects.’ the architects describe ‘in the pavilion design, SeARCH returns to a fundamental question: what is the minimum needed to achieve a maximum quality of life?’

SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
the metallic door features cut-out words
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
the door swings open to reveal the interior of the pavilion
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
lush vegetation grows within the space 
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
a rounded white space surrounds visitors 
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
exotic plant life grows towards the ceiling 
photo by ronald tilleman

SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
the pavilion acts as a place of rest and retreat 
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
hammocks are installed to enhance the peaceful setting 
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SeARCH plant yourtopia grass pavilion in rotterdam
once inside, the city life is forgotten 
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time lapse video construction of the new pavilion 2014 – yourtopia by SeARCH
video courtesy of het nieuwe instituut

 

 

 

project info:

 

architect: SeARCH, amsterdam

 

construction
contractor: van omme & de groot, rotterdam
steel: vic obdam staalbouw, obdam
prefabricated concrete: bruil prefab, weert
synthetic roof covering: vos zeildoek projecten, barendrecht
earthwork: municipality of rotterdam, rotterdam
timber mast: brasker masten, enkhuizen
entrance door: constructor staalbouw, heerhugowaard

 

inside garden
garden design: ernst van der hoeven studio for the urban landscape, amsterdam
planting: nieuwkoop europe, de kwakel

 

advice
structure and engineering: pieters bouwtechniek, haarlem
climate: DGMR, arnhem
fire safety: valstar simonis, rijswijk
cost estimate of structure: MIB, kronenberg 

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