This glowing green pavilion made of seasonal wood cuttings was built for the third annual Climate Week in Hamburg, where it embodied the event's ethos in an eye-catching architectural installation. Berlin-based partnerundpartner was asked to design the pavilion as an example of a sustainable temporary structure that utilized Cradle to Cradle design principles. Accordingly, all of the materials that made up the structure were either returned or recycled after it was taken down. Seasonal wood cuttings from nearby forests were used to create the exterior of the pavilion, which glowed green at night, and except for the transport of the materials, the entire building was operated with zero emissions.
To build the temporary pavilion, partnerundpartner followed the basic rules of “Cradle to Cradle”, so the structure is a CO2-positive space installation, and completely recyclable. Built from wood, sisal rope, dowels, fabric, and a supporting frame, the pavilion is completely covered in branches and tree trunks. The wood was sourced nearby during seasonal wood cutting, which is regularly done to improve the health of the forest. The branches and trunks were cut and transported (some via horse!) into Hamburg where they were attached to a substructure. After attaching, the branches and limbs were trimmed back to give it the final appearance.
The result resembles a pile of twigs that you could crawl into and an eerie light made the pavilion glow like a green lantern. Visitors to Climate Week enjoyed walking around and inside the pavilion and attended several events there. After the week was over, the structure was dismantled and the wood was returned to the forest where it was chopped up and spread on the forest floor. The wood chips will be used as nutrient matter for the forest soil. The rest of the materials were either returned or recycled to ensure that the entire life-cycle created no waste. The Zero Emission Pavilion exemplifies the life cycle of a building condensed to a temporary period of time.
Images ©Anne Oschatz courtesy of partnerundpartner