A curved pavilion designed by Kengo Kuma weaves wooden slats into a mosaic structure




December 22, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Kengo Kuma and Geoff Nees, by Tom Ross

Packing a gallery space in 2020 NGV Triennial is a curved pavilion made of tessellating wood. A collaboration between renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma ((previously) and Australian artist Geoff NeesThe large installation consists of trees that were felled in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne during the th century Millennium drought. The pointed slats interlock without additional supports, a design derived from traditional japanese carpentryand create a scaly pattern for light to flow through.

The curved structure, entitled “Botanical Pavilion”, is made of eaten wood, some of which is older than the European colonization of the continent. It is organized by color rather than type. “By prioritizing natural phenomena over the scientific order, the designers question the reductive nature of science during the colonial era, a mindset that contradicts many indigenous cultural beliefs and systems of knowledge.” a statement says about the piece. The sidewalk opens at both ends and shows the painting by South Korean artist Lee Ufan from 2017 entitled “Dialogue”.

“The semicircular shape of the pavilion invites the visitor on a journey to explore the space and experience the different essences of the wood,” said Kuma Dezeen. “The porous structure is put together like a three-dimensional puzzle without the use of metal connections in order to be able to reassemble it in another location.”

The “Botanical Pavilion” can be seen until April 18, 2021. Follow him Kumas and Nees upcoming projects on Instagram.


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