CLP Architects’ newest project for the Archi<20 competition sits amidst the dappled sunlight and glowing foliage of a nature preserve in Muttersholtz, Alsace. With minimal resources, a restricted budget of 7000 euros, and an allotted 20 m² floor space, the architects sought a conscientious and meticulous approach to the design. With the intention of creating a space full of diverse programmatic possibilities, the pavilion’s structural system engages with elements of light, shadow, ventilation and storage space.
The designers aimed to conceive of a building that would elevate the visitor’s relationship with the pavilion and the surrounding environment. Thus the building functions as an optical device that both simplifies and modifies the viewer’s experience. The transparency of the open-plan interior allows for the reconstruction of interior space for any number of programmatic functions. The kaleidoscopic combination of the speckled sunlight, the patchy vegetation and the structure’s checkered framework results in an undulating and ambiguous visual phenomenon.
All photos: Jeremías González