Brekstad Pavilion / ASAS architecture
- Area :
137 sq m
Ola Spangen, Grimur V. Magnusson, Dag Spangen, Katrine Aursand, Tove E. Andersen, Elisabeth Krogh
Text description provided by the architects. The Brekstad Pavilion is a transformation of an old military bunker located in Fosen in central Norway.
Fosen is a beautiful peninsula with an amazing landscape that meets the Norwegian Sea in the west and the Trondheimsfjord in the east. The pavilion’s program is dynamic and is designed to be used for private and social events, conferences and visits from clients associated with the neighboring farm. The plan is open and flexible, so it can easily adapt to different occasions.
“Seeing and being seen” is one of the main ideas in the design of the pavilion according to the conceptual idea developed by the client. The floating form and expression of the pavilion is the opposite of its previous function, where defense and attack behind thick walls are transformed and integrated with lines of sight and visual overviews.
With a 360 degree panoramic view of nature, wildlife and the air base, this has been achieved. The heavy and massive character of the bunker is preserved and concrete walls and structure are visible. Above the massive base is the suspended, transparent construction of the pavilion which clearly distinguishes between old and new, heavy and light.
To develop the final project, various options on the form visible above ground were tested. A simple rectangle was the final answer providing an open and flexible space, framing all directions and adapting to the existing bunker as the basis of the project. The entrance is through the ancient military function where the old floor is replaced by the kitchen, toilets and closet.
The stairs are inserted as a central element, leading from the closed parts up to the light. The stairs form an elegant shape and a sculptural element that clearly leads the way. The primary materials of the new building are steel, glass and concrete, as well as wooden elements used to achieve a more tactile and warm atmosphere inside.