Duecentosessanta MQ art pavillion
The Italian architect won this year’s 260MQ International Competition, which encourages artists and designers to transform a certain space into something beautiful and useful. Bossi’s Duecentosessanta MQ (Italian for 260 square meters) is a scenic and serene man-made forest and lake in Trento, Italy.
Bossi’s artistic pavilion unites stone, wood, water, and air. Visitors can step along the stone path that floats upon a reflecting pool in the middle of a vast green field. At the end of the path, a large square stone patio contains a number of wooden boards jutting into the sky like minimalist trees. Their various heights and spacing resemble a peaceful forest, where people may either sit and relax or run and play throughout the landscape. The reflecting pool echoes the sky as the clouds float above the installation. The wood beams, in turn, reach toward the treetops as if they are holding up the sky themselves.
The 260MQ competition was to create a space that was functional as well as beautiful. Bossi’s pavilion is not only a meditative space but can also hold public performances for both music and theatre. Sonatas can bounce off the wood boards while actors can maneuver a unique story around the stone steps and reflecting pools. Visitors can enter into the opera, walking trough the wooden boards, sit in a small patio on a stone. They can relax for a while and consider what they have around. The pavillion can also be used for events and concerts as a real scenography where characters can dissappear or silently walk in the dark water that constantly reflects the sky.
Project name: Duecentosessanta MQ
Location: Levico Terme, Trentino, Italy
Type: Pavilion, INSTALLATION, Public Space
Materials: Concrete, Wood
Project Area: 400 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Completion Year: 2012
Client / Owner / Developer: private competition – first prize
Architects / Artist: Simone Bossi
Text Description: © Courtesy of Simone Bossi, inhabitat
Images: © Simone Bossi