SWISS PAVILION IN HANOVER 2000, BY PETER ZUMTHOR
"The idea of creating a Gesamtkunstwerk had ﬁred our imagination. Dramatic music played by musicians moving around, culinary offers, fashion and key words about Switzerland written in light on the beams and with a light hand: all this was designed to merge with the architecture, a spatial structure of wooden beams.”
"constructed the pavilion out of 144 km of lumber with a cross-section of 20 x 10 cm, totalling 2,800 cubic metres of larch and Douglas pine from Swiss forests, assembled without glue, bolts or nails, only braced with steel cables, and with each beam being pressed down on the one below. After the closure of the Expo, the building was dismantled and the beams sold as seasoned timber.”
"his design originates in a common, everyday image: simple stacking of wooden boards in an ordinary carpenter’s stockpile or warehouse.
The 3000 cubic metres of the small building are composed of fully 45,000 boards of unseasoned wood, assembled without adhesives: the 9 m high walls divide up the internal space according to a complex maze-like logic, while ceilings made of larch beams rest on vertical beams of Scotch pine.
They are held in place by steel cables connected to spring tie rods with an elegant minimal design, “following” the nature of the wood as a changing, living material.”
"the materials he uses in his buildings are not subjected to treatments intended to preserve them unchanged over time: "I am very concerned about how my buildings age, that they should be economical to maintain. I want to achieve something lasting, durable with my architecture. But I like to introduce natural elements and phenomena into my architecture which reflect the passage of time. For instance, my church is made of wood. Just like an old farmhouse, it will darken in the sun; the southern façade will become black, while the northern façade will become silvery.”
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