In 2014, a tiny nomadic pavilion popped up on the shores of Italy’s stunning Stelvio National Park, inviting visitors to get back in touch with nature as it moved throughout the landscape. The sculptural structure, named Riondolo, is a meditation pavilion designed by Milanese architect Giovanni Wegher. Constructed from timber, the mobile pavilion was created for easy assembly and disassembly and to encourage quiet introspection in nature.
Inspired by East and West spiritual philosophies, the five-meter-tall Riondolo was built by hand using local techniques and labor. The building features crisscrossing timber slats that taper upwards from its seven-square-meter base into a small square skylight. Only a few people are able to use the pavilion at the same time and are invited to rest on the small wooden benches inside. Gaps between the timber slats frame views over the lake and the surrounding vistas.
Wegher wrote: “Riondolo explores the sensory perception of nature and communicates with the symbolic and minimal language of the elements, like a filter which frames light and reality, which gives form and space in the search for balance between full and void spaces, vibrant harmonious compositions, telltale signs of imperceptible streams between lightness and gravity, all this conveyed by wood, the natural and lively matter ready to receive a slow and incontrovertible biological erosion.”
Images via Giovanni Wegher