On the hill overlooking Saint Victoire in Southern France that Cezanne much loved by Paul Cézanne, we made a pavilion as organic as a tree.
By gradually lifting off the planks of ipe in 20 mm-thick with excellent durability, we achieved a floating kind of lightness.
We supported the transparent structure by sandwiching a 4 mm-thick stainless plate between the planks.
We tried abstraction of the trees in the way Cézanne drew Saint Victoire. Source Kengo Kuma and Associates.
A model of the pavilion was recently exhibited at “Lab for material” in Tokyo, a collection of the architect’s works organized into categories such as bamboo, wood, paper, stone, and earth which highlights its sensitivity to the environment and to materiality.
- Location: Château-La-Coste, France
- Architect: Kengo Kuma and Associates
- Year: 2017.12
- Photographs: Robin Oggiano, James Reeve, via Kengo Kuma
Article by Marco Rinaldi