West Fest Pavilion

West Fest Pavilion

Gramazio & Kohler
Albis, Switzerland
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Cultural Centres

West Fest Pavilion

Gramazio & Kohler as Architects

West Fest Pavilion, Wettswil am Albis, Switzerland, 2009 Temporary wooden structure

The West Fest Pavilion was conceived as a temporary spatial structure with an integrated bar for a major public event hosted by the Canton Zurich. The wooden structure consists of 16 contorted elements made from 372 slats. The entire construction is the structural support, the roof and the skin of the building at the same time. The elements were constructed by a digitally controlled robot that cut and precisely placed the robot according to an algorithmic pattern. Each of the elements is individually rotated, producing a progression of subtly varied spaces. The logic of the openings and curvatures as well as the aesthetic details follow the constructive demands of wood construction. The digital processing bestows a new expression on the traditional wood material.

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