Have you ever seen an enthusiastic child hug a cat? They will squeeze and squeeze until the cat gets annoyed and scampers away. The Treehugger Pavilion reminded me of such enthusiasm.
This pentagonal pavilion was built surrounding a tree for the National Garden Show in Koblenz, Germany, and I think the form of the supports and the color-changing ceiling are all very exciting. That said, I think the central tree is a little lost in all of this architectural enthusiasm. It’s always a very real possibility that photographs just don’t convey the space similar to how it is actually experienced; for instance, would you guess that the floor plan of this structure was square, or pentagonal? The tree trunk seems nearly strangled at the floor and ceiling, but maybe the transition is just too abrupt for me. From the inside of the pavilion, the canopy of the tree is abstracted as a geometric array of back-lit LED panels. In short, I can’t decide what this project is about: the tree or the pavilion that hugs it?
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