0021 Dutch pavilion IGA 2003, Rostock, DE
The pavilion at the IGA is, in fact, an “instant pergola”; it seeks to demonstrate the rationality of Dutch agriculture. The architectural starting point is a fascinating new building element: the ‘smart screen’. The smart screen is an ivy hedge grown in Dutch greenhouses and is normally used in gardens. Essentially an industrial product, the hedges can be deployed to build ‘green walls’.
The dimensions of the building are twenty by six and a half by ten metres. Its compact shape, the inclusion of four metre high doors and the roof give it the character of an enclosed ‘house’. This is counterbalanced by the open nature of the ivy plants. The steel framework creates five rows of channels filled with earth from which the smart screens grow.
0021 Dutch pavilion IGA 2003
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