This is a beautiful gem of a building, set in a clearing at the edge of the trees beside a river.
You will need to drive down a road that looks like it might be a driveway, constructed of precast concrete panels with large rough aggregate, and typical RCR Arquitectes-type edge detail.
There you will find this public Bathing Pavilion that completely fits the setting.
A pavilion containing change rooms, showers, toilets and café/bar, designed as a carefully considered exploration of site, architectural form and language.
Simple, elegant, refined, rugged, rigorous – a poetic and beautiful experience.
If you take the idea of a floating Miesian pavilion, bend it to follow the shape of the river, construct it from polished stainless steel + corroding steel walls, concrete flooring and zinc roof, then this is what you might end up with. The building is resilient, yet also weathers and blends into its surroundings.
If you contact Les Cols Restaurant, another RCR project in Olot, you can book ‘a picnic bag and blankets to enjoy the nature by the riverside’. This Les Cols link also contains a video that might give an impression of what it is like to use the pavilion.
RCR Arquitecte’s description:
The river flows, accompanied by the bank and the joining streams
Flowing from the grove of plane trees, accompanying from the bank
And entering from the hillside are the motifs that decide
The pavilion’s raison d’etre. An intrinsic desire that can be nothing else:
Proportion – the congruent materialisation of an idea.
Photographer: Stephen Varady
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