The roof is subtly inclined to follow the angle of the site. Dipping under it, visitors realise that the roof, delightfully and ambiguously, is also a wall. The pavilion’s spatial experience is intended to remind visitors of walking in the mountains under thick tree cover.
Nendo’s mushroom-like stools for the space were handmade by artisans to slightly different shapes and sizes, giving a more natural effect. The stools’ layout – clustered at the base of pillars, or in the nooks and crannies by stone walls and staircases – evokes the way that mushrooms grow in the wild, and details like a handrail that transforms into a mushroom continue the metaphor. The aim was to design architectural elements that would “grow” naturally from the space, rather than to put furniture in a room.