Frankfurt am Main, DE
The pavilion’s dramatic planar form articulates an assured yet subtle compression of space, framing views of the lake and the local topography. The building’s tectonic rigour is palpable, the seemingly gravity defying configuration enabling the floor plate and ceiling to cantilever some 6m beyond the lakeshore.
The scheme is both a weekend fishing retreat and a garage for three classic cars. A toilet and washroom facility is also included, as is a storage area for the client’s angling equipment. Detailing is measured throughout - from the integrated lighting to the fully glazed internal area.
The structure conforms to a strict proportional grid: the floor plan is 12x12m; the interior, 9x9m; and the oversized steel doors, manufactured by the client’s engineering company, 3 x 3m - these each weigh 340 kilos and pivot on bespoke spindels, so allowing them to be opened with a push of a single finger. The grid template was also used to configure the shuttering joints and fenestrations divisions.
The cantilevered platform is composed of precast concrete slabs, tied back to massive drum foundations. A finishing layer of in-situ concrete provides the necessary aesthetic uniformity to the floor plate's appearance. The walls and ceiling were cast in-situ.
Throughout the building process the concrete mix was carefully monitored in order to achieve an off-white finish, the resultant tone refining the pavilion's dialogue with the surrounding terrain. Special non-oiled shuttering ensured that no harm came to the lake’s fish population during the project’s construction.
Location: Siegen, DE