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Gianni Botsford Architects
Gianni Botsford Architects
Gianni Botsford Architects
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Smoking Pavilion

London based studio Gianni Botsford Architects has completed a translucent concrete Smoking Pavilion outside Zurich. The project has been just awarded Wallpaper Magazine's Smoking Award 2015.

The Pavilion is located in the gardens of a private house designed by landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan. Gianni Botsford has been interested in the potential of translucent concrete since it was invented in 2001. The Smoking Pavilion is the first self-supporting building in this material. A system was developed with Gianni Botsford Architects, Tall Engineers, Litracon and Hammerlein, using a new variant of translucent elements where the precast panels had to be carefully engineered to perform very efficiently to obviate the need for a secondary structure. The casting was a delicate operation because of the combination of the dense pattern of PMMA translucent elements, the carefully positioned stainless steel reinforcement and the thinness of the panels. The final material looks very simple, but is in fact the result of precise and advanced engineering.