Project Name: Fuggerei NEXT500 Pavilion
Firm Location: Rotterdam
Completion year: 2022
Gross Built up Area: 150 sqm
Project Location: Augsburg
Lead Architects: Jacob van Rijs
Design Team: Christine Sohar, Marta Iglesias Rando, Alexander Forsch, Alessio Palmieri, John Hermansson
Clients: Fürstlich und Gräflich Fuggerschen Stiftungen
Structural Consultants: Züblin Timber GmbH
Contractors: Züblin Timber GmbH
Others: Director: Sven Thorissen, Strategy and Development: Jan Knikker, Visualisations: Antonio Luca Coco, Francesco Vitale, Carpenter: Burghart GmbH Schreinerei
Photo Credits: © Eckhart Matthäus, © MVRDVMore Specs
Excerpt: Fuggerei NEXT500 Pavilion is a temporary pavilion designed by the architectural firm MVRDV. The pavilion is a long, narrow, gabled building, its form inspired by the long terraced houses of the Fuggerei itself. However, rather than a single straight block, one end of the pavilion is curved and raised to suggest its role in looking out to the future Fuggereien, both in Augsburg and around the world.
(“Text as submitted by the Architects”)
The Fuggerei in Augsburg is the world’s oldest social housing complex. In celebration of their 500th anniversary, the Fugger Foundations initiated an interdisciplinary debate on housing, culminating in the presentation of a “Fuggerei Code” for the future of social housing, alongside a series of studies for future Fuggereien around the world. The Next500 Pavilion, outside the town hall in the Fuggerei’s home city of Augsburg, is the epicentre of this debate and programme.
The pavilion is a long, narrow, gabled building, its form inspired by the long terraced houses of the Fuggerei itself. However, rather than a single straight block, one end of the pavilion is curved and raised to suggest its role in looking out to the future Fuggereien, both in Augsburg and around the world. This lifted end forms an 8.5-metre cantilever that provides a lookout point to view the town hall itself. Thanks to the curved shape, a part of the town hall square is enclosed between the pavilion and the adjacent Augustus Fountain, creating an intimate plaza suitable for various events.
Inside, the pavilion is split into various rooms for the exhibition and events. These rooms also refer to the building blocks identified in the Fuggerei of the Future study. This includes a meeting point where visitors come together to design the Fuggerei of the Future, a pink bar to cater for the festivities, and a tribune housed in the raised end which can host lectures, presentations, and other events.
The walls, floor, and roof are built from prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels. This approach offers several sustainability benefits: the wood stores carbon. In contrast, the CLT panels make the pavilion demountable so that it can later be deconstructed and relocated – ensuring it can have a second life within a sustainable or social context after the exhibition’s conclusion. In addition, the wood is sourced from Fuggerei’s forests, and a local carpenter created the wooden interiors.