Swiss Pavilion of the World Exposition 2005, Aichi (jap)
concept in collaboration with the authoring group panorama 2000
landscape form and surface design: Studer / van den Berg
Structure: wood, 840cm x 2350cm x 3500cm (h/w/d)
236 individual triangular panels, wood, from 190cm to 750cm length, wooden platform and stairs
Surface: inkjet print on PVC tarpaulin (appr. 1150 m2)
Backdrop image: 680cm x 1680cm (h/w)
The concept of the Swiss Pavilion was developed in collaboration with the panorama 2000 team of authors, while topography and surface design are a genuine adaption of the Vue des Alpes material.
The geometry of the mountain ridge, which is composed of triangular polygons only, is borrowed from digital landscapes, like for instance in computer games. More than 20.000 objects (rocks, boulders, stones, grass, herbs, alpine roses, moss, gentians etc.) have been meticulously embedded to form a detailed Alpine surface along with the illusionistic, but still visually artificial overall impression.
Entering on the front side of the mountain, visitors first walked across the theme exhibition, which was located inside the structure. After climbing a staircase they were let out on an exterior viewing platform, completely surronded by the artificial landscape, where they could take their souvenir snapshots.