Two other references were important for the project. The concept of the loggia and the traditional dance pavilions that were common in public Swedish Folkparks as a place to gather. The loggia as an architectural typology is present in Venice as a private or semi-public space, basically a floor, a roof and pillars to keep them apart creating a space. The dance pavilion, although in a very different context, is similar in its structure of a floor, a roof and a transparent structure to carry the roof. Both the loggia and the dance pavilion provide the double function of an inner space to gather in and a perimeter that is just as important providing the opportunity of informal interaction,
viewing and being seen.
Stone mimicking wood, wood mimicking stone, cast iron mimicking stone and wood. There is a long tradition of materials acting as something else in architecture. Cast iron at the outset was often used to mimic wood. As an inversion of this logic the wooden structure of the Loggia d’Ombra is given a thin metallic
silvery lasure that also serves to let the wood turn grey as the paint is worn off.
The bolts keeping it together is a reference to the traditional joining of cast iron but also to make sure it is possible to demount and re-erect somewhere else. The meeting
of massive wood and cast iron is further expressed in the furniture. Cast iron legs are cast from a wooden original leaving imprints of the wood in the surface of the cast iron. When paired and connected with a massive piece of wood, they lock together creating table and bench.
The plan geometry of the greenhouse is there to optimize the solar radiation inside, for catching the sun. To form a loggia for the Greenhouse this geometry was inverted, blocking the sun instead of collecting it, enclosing a shaded space in front of the café. The angle of the green house fold is repeated in plan, section and elevation creating a repetitive structure with a distortion to create the fold in plan. V-pillars leaning in section making the roof larger than the floor providing shelter also for the perimeter of the Loggia where the floor becomes a seating situation.
A pavilion mimicking and contrasting the greenhouse. A pavilion where the perimeter is the centre. The Loggia is built from 127 glulam elements of 41 different types with a total length of 540 meters. Most of them with a simple geometry and only the 34 V-pillars of 6 different types where CNC-cut.
Collaborators: Folkhem, Martinson, Källemo (Furniture) & Moelven.
Work on site by Octopus Scenotecnica.
Structural Engineer: Anders Wernborg.