Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Art Pavilion in Zeewolde, Netherlands by René van Zuuk Architects bv
January 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: René van Zuuk Architects bv
The ‘art-track Zeewolde’ is a seven kilometer route passing through an open-air exhibition of high-quality sculptural art. This sculpture park flows out into a pond that is surrounded by green slopes. In this pond the art pavilion The Imagination is located.
Originally the building was allocated to a spot hidden behind a school and a sports complex. With its final position in the water, at the end of the art-track, the building becomes the organisational nerve centre for events, exhibitions and lectures.
The limited budget was the occasion for applying a three-hinged frame to construct the span. These originally cheap structures are often used in barns and therefore well-known in the surrounding agricultural polder-landscape. All the trusses are identical but they are all at a slightly different angle compared to the ground surface. The result is an elegantly twisted roofscape. The same elements that are usually applied for erecting cumbersome storehouses, now make a wavy wrapping.
This subtle rotational algorithm also causes a kind of tectonic fault in the ridge, where the trusses (almost) meet. The arm of one truss is connected to the tip of the other. The shifted roof surfaces subsequently provide indirect daylight incidence. The roof is constructed of a profiled steel roof sheet, cladded with corrugated aluminium on the exterior.
Inside the steel sheets are partly covered with gypsum plasterboard. Both the interior materials are partially perforated to ensure appropriate acoustics. The utilitarian spaces like offices, rest rooms, storage and a little library are slided into the main volume as two autonomous wooden boxes.
On the ground floor level a glass strip is applied as a transparent plinth. This apparently lifts the building of the ground level and contributes to its airy character. The pavilion is located on a narrow peninsula concluded on both sides by a steep slope. The ambient view on the water through the glass plinth evokes a sense of floating.
The ubiquitous reflections of the water on the ceilings enhances the rolling sensation. The huge glazed end wall provides a magnificent view over the pond towards the artists’ work.
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