Wood never looked so good. Working with Studio Tom Emerson, a group of talented Swiss students from ETH Zurich have designed a floating island that will be the centerpiece of Zurich’s 2016 Manifesta festival. A biennial celebration of contemporary art located on Lake Zurich, the Pavillon of Reflections, which will serve as the central node for the 100-day festival, will have an open-air cinema, LED screen, and an integrated swimming pool.



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The wooden pavilion is a large, open-air structure designed to be a multifunctional floating platform. During the festival, it will be used as a community space for dialogue and reflection on the festival’s artwork. The wooden structure will have a giant LED screen, spectator seating, a swimming pool, and a bar. During the day, the pavilion will be used as an urban island for relaxing and swimming, while at night it will serve as a place for reflection on the displayed artworks.

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Although the swimming pool may seem a bit out of sorts with the purpose of the pavilion, the swimming culture in Zurich, which dates back to ancient Roman settlements, is still quite prominent today. The pools or badis not only serve as community recreational meeting places, but also function as architectural monuments around the city. Accordingly, the pavilion, with its integrated swimming pool, will serve as the central activity center for Manifesta, providing space for “both encounters and education, a place for both passing the time with physical activity and with intellectual pursuits.”

Zurich will host the eleventh edition of Manifesta, which will take place in 2016 between 11 June and 18 September.

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