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Pavilion Siegen, Siegen, Germany 
Thursday 07 Feb 2013
 
A welcome retreat... 
 
Ian Shaw Architekten 
 
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Concrete fishing pavilion 'floats' across serene lake in German city of Siegen 

This dual-use pavilion’s dramatic, planar form articulates an assured, yet subtle compression of space, framing views of the lake and the local topography. Designed by Ian Shaw Architekten, the building’s tectonic rigour is palpable, its 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 12 x 12 m structure conforms to a strict proportional grid that determines both the position and heights of the walls, as well as the shuttering joints and fenestration divisions.

The 3 x 3m door panels - built by the client’s engineering company, and weighing 340 kilos per door - pivot on bespoke spindles, allowing each to be opened with the push of a single finger. Structurally, the cantilevered platform is composed of precast concrete slabs. These are tied back to massive drum foundations, with a finishing layer of in-situ concrete providing the necessary aesthetic uniformity to the floor plate's appearance.

The walls and ceiling were then cast in-situ. Throughout the building process the concrete mix was carefully monitored in order to achieve an off-white finish, this 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.

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