Centered around a garden, the design is intended to serve as a contemplative room. Acting as a stage-like container, the pavilion uses the elements of blackness and shadow to abstract the internal space from the noise and distraction of the city.
Zumthor comments that “the design aims to help its audience take the time to relax, to observe and then, perhaps, start to talk again, maybe not. This experience will be intense and memorable, as will the materials themselves- full of memory and time”
Created exclusively for the project, the garden will be designed by the influential dutch designer Piet Oudolf