Concepción Nature Pavilion

Aalto University, A”DS Group
Wang Shuaizhong

With the belief that architecture is a structure-generated space, the structure must be able to produce or shape every kind of space –including abstract spaces – the design was generated by rethinking structural solutions to reshaping and perceiving abstract nature.

What is the nature of nature? Inspired by Kenneth L. Patton and the drawing from Gerhard Richter, the perception of nature is ultimately human’s self-projection, it is we who project our own needs and emotions onto nature and then read those needs and emotions back again. The human reinvention of nature is fundamentally the reconstruction of human’s emotion and perception.

The site is in Concepción, Chile. A very unstable place which is both beautiful and dangerous. When building a space on the site, the sense of security that human always seeking for will surely lead to a confrontation and isolation from nature. The extraction and reproduction of the context pattern could become the medium to concatenate antagonistic relations. The structure as a human interpretation thus becomes the bone of bridge to balance the contradiction and the true-expression of the site. Thus the dialogue between human and nature, steady and dynamic, separated and tangled appear through the field of tectonic composition, while its’ combining logic come from the extracted site pattern, as criticality.

Consider the site condition, a seesaw-like structure was designed to be an interaction pavilion. Besides its’ subtle and critical structure, it could response four possible variations to nature. Each variation mode changes the touching point to the land thus the sediments will be generated differently. Through years of interaction, this pavilion will merge into nature and becomes a neutral element which you will perceive it is neither artificial nor natural.

There is no space in this pavilion, it's a field of Criticality, a Post-Nature!