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THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE: A NEW VIEW OF PUBLIC STRUCTURES

30 November 2014 |

This pavilion with green walls and colonnades was developed by German studio Raumlaborberlin to cover a small fountain in the center of Montreal.

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Raumlaborberlin studio, led by architect Marcus Bader, raised a dodecagonal structure of wood – The Fountain House – on a piece of land in the center of Canadian Montreal in the context of the local art festival.

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The Berlin studio created its object to demostrate that very often the public places and infrastructures (including free water sites), available within the city, are undervalued.

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The project wishes to re-address the notion of the public good by celebrating free access to it

The Fountain House is to be a place for this celebration to find a place and a shape, to give it a presence in public-shared city spaces

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Wooden structure is covered by a layer of soil, sown with grass and fungi that are going to propagate and grow during the entire festival.

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The skin of the building is more than just a shelter or an enclosure. It lives and changes

Plants, fungi and small organisms create their own small biological habitat on the outside, as well as the inside of the fountain house

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Twelve wide archs in twelve walls covered by grass lead inside, to the round colonnade.

Narrower archs in light wooden walls provide an access to the wooden center with a small springlet located right under a round opening in the roof.

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The double facade works as a filter between public space and inner space. Inside, there is a very special climate and acoustics

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Water, which is collected in hidden reservoir, is pushed to the walls with the help of a pump and then is distributed to the air through the holes forming a fresh spray.

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The wooden benches placed around the basin are provided for the visitors to sit, have some rest and examine the structure in details from the inside.

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Staircase, which starts from the covered passage surrounding the central zone, leads to the roof where the guests can observe the landscape in 360 degrees.

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The Fountain House – with its open ground plan, overlapping archways for entering and accessible rooftop – offers a space for various kinds of public use.

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Raumlaborberlin created the house for the Montreal biennale, which is going to take place till 4th of January, 2015.

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