Thursday Salute to Originals: Wicker Pavilion

You don’t have to be a total basket case to enjoy this wicker-cool pavilion!

The designers from Didzis Jaunzems Architecture (DJA) have created a whole new way to offer entertainment! Set in Annecy, France, The Wicker Pavilion is made completely out of wicker baskets… 262 to be exact. When the sunlight filters through, it’s mesmerizing! The baskets are held together with pine planks to create and hold its shell-like shape.

This pavilion has taken center stage because while it is meant to be a haven for relief from the sun, it never actually blocks out the sun completely! Instead what we are left with our beautiful, triangular shadows cast by the wicker baskets. Each of the baskets was woven by hand from craftsmen in Latvia, and when the pavilion begins to age, it will start to blend in with its environment. Since the materials are all-natural, the sunlight will darken them and it will become one with its surroundings.

This Thursday, we’re saluting the design team at DJA for creating natural beauty as a refuge from the heat. You can watch how The Wicker Pavilion was made in Annecy’s Instagram video post here!

Sources: Didzis Jaunzems Architecture, This is Colossal