Tensile Fluidity, by 3deluxe 1/2

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright Emanuel Raab)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

It keeps intriguing me, the way in this project the fluid concrete bands on the ground with just a fold continue into the facade, and how these flat forms are reflected behind the mirror glass in three-dimensional structures in the interior. As a whole it has a rare sensibility to it.

Simply continuing the structure found on the ground onto the façade does not always work out fine, as the Thiais Bus Center by EDCM proves. In the name of contextuality all differences can be erased, like the overuse of the blur-tool in Photoshop.

Instead, this pavilion by 3deluxe somewhere outside the village Bad Driburg in Germany maintains the difference between ground and architecture, while at the same time bind them together firmly. Fascinating in that sense is the plinth at the point where the facade hinges into the pavement. Quite a contrast to the fashion to make buildings appear like they are floating above the ground – no, this pavilion stands its ground.

It somehow makes sense to continue walking paths as columns. I suppose it is because of the high degree of M.C. Escher to the project: We imagine walking the columns. It brings a nice tension to the architecture. Fantasy.

More tension comes from the dialogue between the flat structure of the façade and the three-dimensional structures in the interior. They are just unbelievable beautiful. It is sculpture. How did they make this? A peak at the drawings learns these ‘tensile fluids’, as I would call them, are hollow except for a central rod. A bit unfortunate, the fluids don’t keep the building up.

As I know the architects will be reading this, I will add to all this flattering also three suggestions for improvement:

1. You suggest the building is oriented equal to all sides: In plan it is a perfect square, and the paths surround the building. But there are only two entry points, not four. And the paths encircle the project only to a perimeter of what, thirty meters? I know, budget, client, but still… you came close, but just missed perfection.

2. Then the ceiling. While the structure at the façade is slender, very slender, the ceiling behind the glass paneling folds downwards like a fat construction worker (Dutch research this week proved construction workers are fatter than average). Why such a contradictory language?

3. Finally. For me this project has a raw kind of abstraction to it. It then hurts to see the field around the building planted with… grass. Green, smooth, tidy grass. What about something just a little less banal? Like heath, or gravel.

Just to tease you guys. These are only details, and only whiny personal suggestions. Nothing significant.

In general: Great job!

Remember that name: 3deluxe.

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright Emanuel Raab)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright 3deluxe) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright 3deluxe) (click-2-enlarge)

 

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3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright 3deluxe) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

 

3deluxe - Glass Cube (Copyright 3deluxe)
3deluxe - Leonardo Glass Cube, Bad Driburg, Germany (Copyright Emanuel Raab) (click-2-enlarge)

Next, the interior: Tensile Fluidity, by 3deluxe 2/2

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Related theory: The Endgame of Minimalism


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