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terravolante Pavilion stands in Besnate

Paolo Citterio Architects’ ‘Terravolante’ Public Festival Pavilion in Besnate, Italy, emerged during the recent pandemic era, responding to societal challenges of isolation. Situated within the context of the sports center, amidst notable landmarks like Lake Maggiore and Malpensa airport, the 330 sqm structure needed to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing, while embodying a sense of unity and representation.

Drawing from historical narratives rooted in the region’s past, the design pays homage to the Iron Age pile-dwelling cultures and the aeronautical heritage of the early 20th century. This fusion of influences led to a lightweight, industrial-inspired wooden form, reflecting efficiency and historical reverence.

all images by Paolo Mazzo Fotografo

pavilion’s sets up laminated fir wood arches

The pavilion, elevated 2.4 meters above ground level, functions as a wooden hull housing essential amenities like kitchens and bathrooms. Its construction showcases precise engineering, with laminated fir wood arches defining the roof’s simple yet elegant profile. A veil of wooden slats suspended from these arches adds visual interest while filtering natural and artificial light.

Grounded by ‘Poroton’ load-bearing bricks and laminated wood columns, the pavilion’s design incorporates a 7.5-meter overhang at the main entrance, creating a striking visual effect of suspension. The architectural project by Paolo Citterio Architects serves as a unifying hub for the sports center and extends its services to the broader community, fostering a sense of collective engagement and celebration. Paolo Mazzo Fotografo‘s lens captures ‘Terravolante’ pavilion.

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
Paolo Citterio Architects presents ‘Terravolante’ Public Festival Pavilion

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
nestled within the Besnate sports center, this 330 sqm structure aims to embody a sense of unity and representation

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
historical homage meets modern efficiency in this industrial-inspired pavilion

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
elevated 2.4 meters above ground, the pavilion serves as a wooden hull for essential amenities

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
precise engineering defines the roof’s elegant profile with laminated fir wood arches

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
a 7.5-meter overhang at the main entrance adds visual drama to the suspended structure

veil of wooden slats overhangs above paolo citterio architects' terravolante pavilion in italy
wooden slats suspended from the arches create captivating light patterns

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