Pavillon of Reflections – Studio Tom Emerson

architectsStudio Tom Emerson
staff_ Prof. Tom Emerson, Boris Gusic, Adrian Heusser, Celine Bessire, Daniel Ganz, Iela Herrling, Christoph Junk, Guillaume Othenin-Girard, Philip Shelley, Lucy Styles, Thomasine Wolfensberger, Nemanja Zimonjic
student team_ Christina Albert, Lorenzo Autieri, Vera Bannwart, Alexander Bradley, Arthur de Buren, Jonathan Egli, Josephine Eigner, Kathrin Füglister, Michelle Geilinger, Rudolf Goldschmidt, Dimitri Haefliger, Hannes Hermanek, Donia Jornod, Ricardo Joss, Thierry Jöhl, Phillipp Kraus, Roberto Leggeri, Lukas Loosli, Jonas Meylan, Karin Pfeifer, Jeremy Ratib, Nancy Reuland, Daria Rey, Hanna Schlösser, Valentina Sieber, Anna Maria Stallmann, Kaspar Stöbe, Anastasia Vaynberg, Claartje Vuurmans, Sonja Widmer
ETH Zürich_ Philip Ursprung, gta, ETH Zürich; Marcel Aubert, Block Research Group ETH Zürich; Alessandro Tellini, Raplab D-Arch ETH Zürich; Brigitte Schiesser, Legal Dept. ETH Zürich.
engineering_ Hansbeat Reusser, Holzbaubüro Reusser GmbH; Christoph Müller, Holzbaubüro Reusser GmbH; Andreas Kocher, Holzbaubüro Reusser GmbH; Simon Rehm, Holzbaubüro Reusser GmbH; Samuel Jucker, Willy Stäubli Ing. AG; Robert Jockwer Institut für Baustatik und Konstruktion IBK ETH Zürich.
forestry_ Kanton Zürich; Baudirektion; Amt für Landwirtschaft und Natur; Erwin Schmid; Waldwirtschaftsverband Zürich; Vereinigung der Zürcher Waldbesitzer; Kaspar Reutimann
timber processing_ Martin Keller, Sägerei Konrad Keller AG; Holzwewrkstoffe Notter AG; Katharina Lehmann, Blumer-Lehmann AG.
timber construction_ Hannes Jedele, Handholzwerk; Falco Horb, Handholzwerk; Laura Peisker, Handholzwerk; Karl Rühle.
gewerbliche berufsschule wetzikon_ Peter Isler.
tools_ Robert Bosch AG Power Tools; Raplab D-ARCH; Alessandro Tellini; Daniel Bachmann.
mechanical fastening_ Beat Ruch, SFS Unimarkt AG; Thomas Graber, SFS Unimarket AG.
roof cladding_ Gaudenz Wieland, Eternit AG; Ueli Schweizer, Eternit AG; Pierre Jelovcan , Preisig AG.
steel prefabrication_ Tanja Pichler, Stahlbau Pichler; Daniel Raffeiner, Stahlbau Pichler AG; Albert Hofer, Stahlbaupichler AG.
steel assembly_ Samuel Jucker, Willy Stäubli Ing AG.
scaffolding_ Fix Gerüstbau AG; Beat and Gina Ingold.
stadt zürich_ Alex Schilling, Kultur Stadt Zürich; Werner Klaus, Wasserschutzpolizei Stadt Zürich.
lake_ Beat Schwengeler, Zürcher Segelclub; Thomas Hartmann, Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft AG; Conny Hürlimann, Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft AG; Marco Rizzi, Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft AG.
fabrication hall_ Firma Geilinger AG; Andreas Gerster, Geilinger AG; Thomas Rickenbach, Geilinger AG.
construction site_ Kibag.
special things_ Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen AG (St. Gallen).
film maker_ Gavin Emerson, Holy Cow Productions.
helping hands_ David Moser, Student ETH Zürich; Noël Picco, Student ETH Zürich; Lena Stolze, Student ETH Zürich; Lukas Fink, Student ETH Zürich; Micha Ringger, Student ETH Zürich; Milena Buchwalder, Student ETH Zürich; Beatriz Klettner Soler, Student ETH Zürich; Deborah Suter, Student ETH Zürich; Sebastian Oswald, Student ETH Zürich; Daniel Schneider, Student ETH Zürich; Tibor Rossi, Student ETH Zürich; Laszlo Blaser, Student ETH Zürich; Angela Burkart.

from the architects_

Pavillon of Reflections

Studio Tom Emerson creates a floating pavilion for Manifesta 11

A team of thirty architecture students from Studio Tom Emerson at ETH Zurich have designed and built a pavilion for Manifesta 11, the nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art. Floating in the lake against the backdrop of the city centre, the Pavillon of Reflections serves as the biennial’s public forum: as a meeting point, as a cinema for screening films produced as part of the biennial, reflected in the public swimming bath, open to the public during the day.

A timber island, arrange like a fragment of intimate urban space enclosed by five buildings: a tower, a tribune, a bar, a sun deck with changing cubicles below, a central pool with cinema screen above, and three generous sets of steps that lead into the lake. Together with the tower, the volumetric roofs over the bar are built up from a distinct profile of timber lattice roofs.

Under the guidance of Tom Emerson and project leaders Boris Gusic and Adrian Heusser the 32 architecture students at ETH Zurich collectively concieved and built the pavilion. The project began with an ideas competition between smaller groups of students, from which the most promising ideas were identified and developed. Organising themselves into smaller teams, they worked at different scales, from considering its position on the lake, right down to 1:1 scale prototypes. As well as the design process, the democratic construction techniques employed informed the design: the pavilion is made almost entirely of timber (European spruce), and all joints were designed to be simply screwed together. The students worked over ten months to bring the many design-related, technical and organisational dimensions of the project together to in a multi-layered and ultimately buildable work of architecture. As the project grew, experts and volunteers helped the 32 original students to realise this exceptional public space floating in lake Zurich. 

About Studio Tom Emerson 

Studio Tom Emerson is a design and research studio in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich led by Professor Tom Emerson, co-founder of 6a architects in London focusing on re-use and bricolage in architecture and the narrative of history.

Since 2010 Studio Tom Emerson has undertaken a series of collective projects exploring the architectural potential of re-use and bricolage in full scale construction projects designed and built by the students and large scale surveys of post-industrial European cities; Forst (2011) on the German Polish border, Galway (2012) on the west coast of Ireland and Glasgow (2014).

The studio started with 96 hands in September 2010, as a two week primer for the design studio. We have continued to make these small structures alongside research into territorial re-use. Re-use is not an alternative to the new. It is a new reality. Every piece of land has been occupied or inhabited. New buildings are simply another way of re-using the land.

These two sets of projects present a similar story at opposite scales; from material to the city. If the re-use of materials gives us, what Claude Lévi-Strauss called a pre-constrained set, then the survey offers its own set, from the narrative of history and use.

Catalogues of Atlases of Forst and Galway were published in 2012 and including essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Arno Brandlhuber, Tom Emerson, Shelley McNamara, Tom de Paor, Philip Ursprung and Elia Zenghelis.

In 2016 the Glasgow Atlas was exhibited and published at Glasgow International 2016, the city’s biennale of contemporary art.

The Pavilion of Reflections for Manifesta 11 Zurich, is the largest of most complex student-led project to date.

About Manifesta

Manifesta 11

11 June to 18 September 2016 /

Manifesta was conceived in the early 1990s as a nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art, responding to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged in the aftermath of the Cold War. Following a desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe and to provide a dynamic platform for cultural exchange throughout the region, it takes place every two years in a different European city. Along with the Venice Biennale and documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events in Europe.

Since 1996, Manifesta has taken place in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Donostia/San Sebastián, Trentino–South Tyrol, Murcia, Genk and most recently St. Petersburg. Over the course of ten biennials over twenty years, more than 2.5 million people have visited Manifesta’s events and participated in its programmes. It has successfully presented artists, curators and young professionals from as many as forty different countries, and in each edition continues to innovate and reimagine contemporary art practice.

The eleventh edition is currently being hosted by the city of Zurich and will run from 11th June until 18th September 2016. It is curated by Christian Jankowski. Under the title “What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures”, artists will be brought together with representatives from various Zurich-based professions.