The glowing pavilion in Ulm, designed by German Hochstrasser Architekten, provides visitors with information about the inter-city rail system.
The idea of situating and relating a series of objects in the landscape, as Info Point and City Station, gave the project a dual significance: in addition to the close relationship between landscape, objects and itinerary, between space and objects, each item had to provide a different response with different emphasis: from the most symbolic to the most silent or private. The unifying thread was to be the concept of the fold: the fold as a hidden generator of different volumes and spaces.
The proposed fold in the box gives rise to a single material: a PVC translucent membrane that captures all the nuances demanded of the volume, from the trapped direct light that bursts in like an additional plane in the spatial composition, to the transmission of the unstable, coloured smell of dawn.
The entire body is rested on four steel feet and appears to float on glass. The void between the PVC membrane is illuminated with long-life fluorescent lighting.
Project: Info Point City Station
Location: Ulm, Germany
Architect: Hochstrasser Architekten, Germany Technical info: PVC membrane
Picture credits: Courtesy Hochstrasser Architekten