Amsterdam has been one of Europe’s pioneers of architecture and design, largely because of the 17th century rings of canal houses, gabled facades, windmills and drawbridges. Modern architecture developed organically in Amsterdam between the facades of historical buildings, making it one of the finest blends between Renaissance, Berlage and the Amsterdam School. The city has a very strong cultural and artistic identity. Amsterdam is the most important cultural and artistic center to the north from Paris and between London and Cologne.
Being a relatively small city in terms of its area, Amsterdam is enveloped by a sizeable green cover. Voted as one of the greenest cities in Europe, Amsterdam takes an active approach towards sustainability and conservation. One can find a variety of flora and fauna in beautiful forests, parks, dunes and other landscapes within an easy reach of the city center. The city is home to a number of parks with Vondelpark one of its crown jewels. The park is spread in an area of 47 acres, attracting almost 10 million visitors annually. The park hosts a wide variety of cultural, artistic and sporting events apart from the usual jogging and lazing around in the lush greens of the park.
The prime motivation of this pavilion has been the rings of canal houses — a moving image of those buildings we would get when we stroll along the canal. The main part of the pavilion can slowly move horizontally on the steel frame equipped with its own rail system. With different positions of the cover the frame would offer certain level of flexibility by which it would allow several participatory functions that can attract people in the city.
The pavilion is placed in the heart of Vondelpark where two beautiful lakes are adjacent, a wide street would provide accessibility, other public spaces such as a community club and restaurant would bring more vibrancy, and the sculpture by Picasso, Figure découpée, would foster artistic value of the place.
The design of the yellow grid-façade tries to deliver one of Netherland’s significant art movement, the essence of De Stijl, that is enough to manifest a Dutch artistic character. The design boldly advocates pure abstraction which emphasises a human touch in such a vast lush greens of the park and seeks an essential form and colour by using rectangular tiles and primary colour, yellow, that suits quite well with a day of spring, while asymmetricality is expressed by horizontal movement.