The design for a performance pavilion for the arts and music festival of Horst takes inspiration from the ancient architecture of festivals, celebrations and large rituals. A single gesture of a large floating roof transforms a concrete square cut in the terrain as found to a dance floor and central stage. The low hanging and voluminous presence of the architecture above the visitors manifests reminiscent of the history of the place as a former military site and as a rapprochement of two landscape motifs.
Working from an economy of means with various ways of a holding up, a minimum of material and air-pressure as a constructive principle the structure plays with its seemingly contradictory appearance of both thinness and thickness, weightlessness and an image of great weightiness.
Type: Pavilion and performance stage
Location: Vilvoorde, Belgium
For: Horst Art and Music
Team: Tomas Dirrix, Léa Alapini, Ada Finci Terseglav
Structural engineering: Util
With many thanks to all volunteers involved
Photography: Olmo Peeters, Illias Teirlinck, Maxim Verbueken, Jeroen Verrecht