Seelaube / Bach Mühle Fuchs + After apricots
Text description of the architects. For the Annecy Paysages 2021 exhibition, we had the opportunity to design a pavilion. A prism-shaped structure perched on the edge of Lake Annecy, on the southern edge of Parc Charles Bosson. Another folly, a gazebo, was added to the park. Inspired by traditional pavilions, the installation invites visitors to broaden their perception of the Annecy landscape.
Gazebo (gaze + -ebo: “I will see”) is more than a gazebo, it is an optical device. Its perforated surfaces interrupt the panorama and show the landscape as a pixelated image. The cutouts show an unusual view of the city, the lake and the countryside. The pattern of perforations in the papery steel walls is derived from the sun’s orbit.
This site-specific installation is also a solar observation tool, showing time through the rotation of shadows. The inner surfaces of the pavilion act as filters and projection surfaces at different times of the day.
As the sun moves across the sky and shines through the perforations, the space fills with an ever-changing pattern of light and shadow. Different degrees of porosity react to the light intensity at any time of the day and adapt the light conditions from sunrise to sunset to the mood and color temperature.