Faserstrom Research Pavilion

An experimental pavilion on the Isle of Rügen.
With Mathis Baumann, Clemens Klein & Leo Stuckardt (Y3 project at TU Berlin)

The Faserstrom pavilion’s filigree structure was conceived as a mimetic extension of the surrounding reeds as it sprouts from the ground and is bundled overhead. It forms a delicate threshold which, swayed by the wind, mediates between the land and the see. Joined pairs of bent pine slats form a reciprocal bending-active equilibrium. This innovative construction principle leads to the redundancy of heavy clamping at the foundations - as would be needed for a classic grid shell. Instead, standardised lightweight and punctual footings appropriate to the pavilion’s temporary nature could be used. Parametric software was used to simulate the bending behaviour of the wooden slats and integrate standardised joints as system parameters into the design process.