Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

The pavilion in 2012 was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. It allows visitors to descend into the ground where past pavilions were constructed. Twelve columns (one representing each past and present structure on that site) support a flat roof filled with a layer of water only 1.5 meters off the ground. This allows for the viewer to see reflections of the surrounding area, before descending below it. It was also a way for the architects to acknowledge groundwater, something that dictated the depth they could excavate to. The excavation was also influenced by the past structures on site, and is designed to evoque their past (see plan at bottom). They clad the interior in cork, both because it is a sustainable material and because it resembles the dirt the structure was excavated from. 

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