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Monday, October 6, 2014

Gurten Pavilion, Switzerland

By Christoph Schläppi
Photography: alexander jaquemet; courtesy the architects

India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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Exceptional transparency and a unique, uninterrupted magnificent view characterizes the Gurten Pavillion in Wabern, Switzerland...

The 820 sq. m. steel building - the winning entry of a design competition that offers the most exquisite view of Bern and The Alps since the construction of the first Gurten restaurant in the mid 19th century, is designed by Switzerland-based :mlzd architects.

India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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Meant to be a festive and banquet venue available throughout the year for large public events, it has one storey above and one storey below the ground. The hall - glazed on all sides - is perched on a projecting steel platform and finished with shimmering curtains that can be drawn at will.

India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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The edge of the frame of the broad-spanned roof tapers to a graceful thin strip. The roof seems to float, its support structure comprising only of an inner circle of sleek, shiny nickel-plated reflecting massive steel stanchions. This stanchion row runs between the hall proper and the kitchen running along the southern façade on the mountain side with the cloakroom. The criss-crossing steel cable bracings are also integrated in the same section. They absorb the wind load and provide for the structure’s seismic safety and resistance to earthquakes.

India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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Three sections of the north-side façade can be opened up so that on balmy evenings guests can sit outside on the balcony that encircles the building and take in the breath-taking panoramic view via the glass balustrade of the balcony. The black-coated metal structure of the comparatively modest building is made festive by the gleaming golden floor-to-ceiling sunshade curtains, the terrazzo floor with its reddish-yellow pyrite gravel from Lake Thun, and monumental brass gates.

India Art n Design features Gurten Pavillion designed by :mlzd architects, Switzerland
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The entire building is enriched by virtue of the art integrated in it, i.e. the aluminium letters of a song text embedded in the terrazzo running along the north façade and the motif of the horizon on the silver curtains subdividing the hall.  The external solar blind, the roof ventilation, the underfloor heating and the forced-air heating - the latter enabling the building to be brought to the desired ambient temperature within a brief period of time - all provide for the structure’s energy-efficient climate control in a wide variety of weather and operating conditions.


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