The design for the pavilion at the Zuerich University consists of two architectural gestures that start from the idea of the spot in the park as an urban space for meeting and gathering. A large, raised ring accentuates the outdoor space like an open terrace; like a vestibule of the park. It serves as an infrastructural element for lighting, lettering and allows forms of shielding. A subtle landscape accent that gives the space an all-round character; as a kind of ornament for the place.
The pavilion is characterized by a cantilevered wooden roof construction that rests on the steel ring. Two large, fixed canopies are tilted open as a recognizable view to the university buildings on Rämistrasse. The upright roof offers shelter against rain and the fully glazed front against incident sun. The rest of the roof has been conceived as a vegetated surface and can also be used as a herb garden.
Type: Competition (finalist)
Location: Zürich, Switserland
Team: Tomas Dirrix, Stefan Hütterer, Ada Finci Terseglav, Julia Strömland
With: Van de Laar Structural Engineers
Images: Atelier Tomas Dirrix