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Garden Pavilion

2018, Certosa di Pontignano

Siena – IT


The Garden Pavilion is a temporary structure built inside the Certosa Di Pontignano, an ancient charterhouse located in the countryside outside Siena which dates back to thirteenth century. The pavilion fills up one quarter of the entrance cloister, one of the four courts around which the complex is articulated.

The metal structure derives from a 12 x 12 meters square in plan, formed by triangular modules. Two modules are removed to make room for the ancient well at the centre of the cloister and a cypress at the centre of the pavilion.

The inclined roof, from which emerges the giant tree, sits on a regular grid of columns and articulates the volume of the pavilion. Its slope is aligned with the diagonal of the courtyard and gives the structure an ambiguous scale mediating from the modest size of the well in its lowest part (2,2metres) to the monumental arcades of the sixteenth century porch in its tallest corner measuring 4 metres.

The perimeter of the space is defined by a membrane of micro-perforated curtains which enable a limited degree of transparency between the interior and exterior.

client: British Embassy Rome & British Council


engineering and production: Luigi D’Oro studio & Arguzia S.r.l.


photos: Supervoid

drone photos: Carlos Tamanini


lighting: Antrox Lighting Solutions

lighting designer: Cosimo Masone

furniture: Emu

curtains: Sismaprint

graphic designer: bruno







Italilan Architecture