WOOD 2019 – The student pavilion competition


Virserum Konsthall invited students in architecture to design pavilions in the area around the Konsthall. They received thirteen contributions from architectural students at six colleges in six countries.
In order to be able to choose a winner, they have placed great emphasis on what was conveyed in call for entries. The pavilions should be designed as open meeting places, shelters from wind, sunshine and rain, but open and accessible for everyone.
For the Konsthall the durability of the structure was important and how the students worked with the pavilion as a concept.
In addition, director Barbro Wenden and exhibition producer Carolina Jonsson, the jury for the Architecture of Necessity was also asked for a opinion about the pavilions.
The jury consists of Claes Caldenby, Professor in Theory and history of architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, chairman and Tone Selmer-Olsen, research assistant at the Institute for Urbanism and Landscape at the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo, as well as Johan Tali, architect and founder of Molumba.
Winning entries and motivation
The three winning entries take different approaches on the pavilion as a meeting place and protection from the weather.
A progress of collapse, Kristofer Soop, Estonian Academy of Arts
An project which has taken hold of the temporality of the building and allowed the form to be frozen in time as the pavilion collapses.
Framed, Rok Zaksek, University of Ljubljana 
A small pavilion which creates a sense of private space while framing the view to a focus for the visitor.
Do (not) open, Hajdi Sinkovec, University of Ljubljana
A pavilion which demonstrates the different expressions of the forest from a walk among tree trunks to a closed room for reflection.