The two-storey exhibition pavilion designed by Stuttgart-based Atelier Brückner stood on a platform in Lake Biel. It was intended to enable visitorsto experience borders, including those of spaces, in a new way. This intention was also to be reflected in the supporting structure planned by Werner Sobek.
Art Space with a New Type of Surface Covering
The upper part of the pavilion, the art room, rested on a forest of 84 wooden columns, each 4 m long. It formed a fluid boundary between inside and outside, between fixed and movable.
A new type of surface covering was developed especially for the art room, which has all the advantages of a technical fabric. In addition to its high load-bearing capacity, it is also highly resistant to weather and heat. The newly developed composite material is also translucent on the one hand and at the same time reflective to a certain degree.
This results in direction-dependent light behaviour: when light falls on it from the outside, it is reflective or mirror-like; when light falls on it from the inside, it is translucent and capable of rear projection.
Atelier Brückner, Stuttgart/Germany
2001 − 2002
Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering (WP 1 − 7 acc. to § 64 HOAI)
Facade engineering (WP 1 − 8 acc. to UBF)
Interkantonale Trägerschaft „Grenzen (er)leben“/Switzerland