The pavilion by CIVIC & MATTERS architects celebrates authors and literature foremost, but also cultural context and cross-over arts are given a podium. Functions in the pavilion exceed the book alone, and are grouped around the narrative in a broader sense. There are theatre and debate spaces, several exhibitions, a graphic studio, virtual reality spaces, a bookshop, café and salon coming together in the 2.300 m2 pavilion.
Made of temporary and low cost material, different routes through the pavilion offer a powerful sensory experience. The semitransparent walls are made by stacking simple plastic sheets, creating a kaleidoscopic effect when passing by.
The floor is made of clay-stone to increase the sensory experience by movement. The open space is fringed by a slow-dynamic projection of the horizon. This way, like in the Dutch landscapes, the horizon plays an omnipresent role. The proces of finetuning these experiences was fuelled by several prototypes.
Contextual exhibition typology
The contextual approach for the programmatic scheme, is also present in the spatial design. The dense zone and the spacious salon relate like the metropolitan landscape of the Low Lands.
Separated by semi transparent walls, the different programmatic elements are allowed to influence each other, so the visitor is invited to understand the relationship. The largest space of the pavilion is a spacious room used to contemplate, sit, walk, and read. This combination of the open vistas and calmness on the one hand and the density, interference and proximity on the other hand creates a specific Flemish-Dutch exhibition typology.