Latvian architecture firm DJA has designed ‘wicker pavilion ‘, for the third annual landscape architecture festival. The pavilion combines contemporary architecture and traditional craftsmanship, offering a place for relaxation and mediation in the heart of Jardins De l’Europe in Annecy, France. The pavilion blends in with the surrounding landscape and forms a shaded space for park visitors to shelter from the hot summer sun.
The space offers beautiful views of the surrounding nature, thus creating a communion between the sheltered space and the exterior. The sunlight is filters through the pavilion, creating dynamic shadow patterns on the grass. The pavilion is designed using timber grid shell structure technique and cowered with 262 traditional wicker baskets in a cone shape, weaved by Latvian craftsmen. The triangular mesh of the timber grid is assembled on the ground, then middle part is lifted at necessary height and then three corners are fixed to create final arched shape.
The pavilion’s load bearing structure is made of pine tree planks 21 x 45 mm in 6 structural layers connected with bolts at crossing points. The structure was irrigates with water to provide timber flexibility during construction process. The timber and wicker will become grey and bled more into surrounding nature.
DJA had also designed UGUNS pavilion for the 2019 Annecy Paysages landscape architecture festival. Check out their work on their website.