Olafur Eliasson’s kaleidoscopic pavilion in California’s wine valley

Designed by Studio Other Spaces, the Vertical Panorama Pavilion reflects the climate of the Sonoma Valley, taking inspiration from the circular calendars with bright colors among the Californian vineyards.

Studio Other Spaces – founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann – designed a VARIOPINTA conical structure on The Donum Estate in Sonoma Valley, California, called “Vertical Panorama Pavilion”.

The pavilion is inspired by circular calendars and reflects the microclimate of the vineyard. It contains 832 glass pieces arranged around an oculus that opens to the North. The studio designed a mosaic of translucent and transparent panels, using meteorological measurements of the place, such as solar radiance, temperatures, humidity, and wind intensity.

A winding gravel path leads to an area of outdoor seating and the sun, hitting the structure with its rays, causes the reflection of glasses plunges the brick wall with a full spectrum of colors, in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape.

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