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Meditation pavilion and art gallery by FAS(t)
Edition
Russia
under the patronage of
Off-the-Grid
under the patronage of
Alexander Zaxarov
Mar 24, 2021

In a pine forest on the shore of the Baltic Sea, there stand, among the other structures of the property yet a distance from them, a pavilion for meditation and a partially underground exhibition gallery designed by FAS(t).

The free-standing wooden pavilion building is connected with the gallery by a light bridge-like underground passageway clad in dark patinated bronze. The walls of the gallery building, built of large solid granite blocks, rise out of a natural hill.

The pavilion is an octagonal volume covered with a tent-like vault made of large pine logs. The span of the vault is 14 meters, with a height of 12 meters. The vault is crowned with a two-meter-high octagonal skylight, which is the only source of light in this space. The tent-shaped vault structure is supported by the two walls of the perimeter corridor, lit by the occasional small window, guiding you around the pavilion but not letting you go inside straightaway. As you walk around it to find “your own door.”

The tall, austere, ascetic space of the main gallery hall, lit only by a skylight, has a staircase but no windows; it is to be used for displays of large objects of contemporary art. The gallery is connected with the other structures of the property by an underground passageway. There is a small passage in the corner, underneath the staircase, lit with warm light, which takes you through a series of tiny spaces, to the meditation pavilion.

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Alexander Zaxarov
Mar 24, 2021

In a pine forest on the shore of the Baltic Sea, there stand, among the other structures of the property yet a distance from them, a pavilion for meditation and a partially underground exhibition gallery designed by FAS(t).

The free-standing wooden pavilion building is connected with the gallery by a light bridge-like underground passageway clad in dark patinated bronze. The walls of the gallery building, built of large solid granite blocks, rise out of a natural hill.

The pavilion is an octagonal volume covered with a tent-like vault made of large pine logs. The span of the vault is 14 meters, with a height of 12 meters. The vault is crowned with a two-meter-high octagonal skylight, which is the only source of light in this space. The tent-shaped vault structure is supported by the two walls of the perimeter corridor, lit by the occasional small window, guiding you around the pavilion but not letting you go inside straightaway. As you walk around it to find “your own door.”

The tall, austere, ascetic space of the main gallery hall, lit only by a skylight, has a staircase but no windows; it is to be used for displays of large objects of contemporary art. The gallery is connected with the other structures of the property by an underground passageway. There is a small passage in the corner, underneath the staircase, lit with warm light, which takes you through a series of tiny spaces, to the meditation pavilion.

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