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Gianni Botsford builds translucent concrete smoking pavilion

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Gianni Botsford has completed this £65,000 smoking pavilion in the garden of a private house in Zurich

The 8m² pavilion was designed as a shelter in which to sit and relax while enjoying the surrounding garden.

The building claims to be the first use of self-supporting translucent concrete and five pre-cast panels form the floor, walls and roof. The material allows the colours, shapes and shadows of the garden to be perceived from the interior of the pavilion.

The architect’s view

‘We were invited by the landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to design a ‘smoking pavilion’ within the garden of a private house in Zurich he was designing. This would be a shelter where it would be possible to sit and relax and admire the surrounding garden, lake and mountains whilst our clients could partake of one of their favourite pastimes without affecting anybody in the house: the old fashioned art of smoking.

‘Our idea was to create a simple structure sitting quietly in the garden, possessing a richness and complexity in its materiality that would develop several relationships with the surroundings.’

Project data

Location Zurich
Type of project pavilion
Budget £65,000
Total area 8.3m²
Client confidential
Architect Gianni Botsford Architects
Landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Structural engineer TALL Engineers, London & Hemmerlein Ingenieurbau GmbH
Checking engineer HTB Ingenieure + Planer AG
Contractor Hemmerlein Ingenieurbau GmbH
Landscape contractor Bahnsen Gartengestalter GmbH
Specialist translucent concrete supplier Litracon Bt=

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