Content: Blur Building - Lake Neuchatel 2012 Swiss Expo - Currently no debate

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Architecture of atmosphere



The Blur Building was designed as a temporary structure for the Swiss Expo 2012, on Lake Neuchatel, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. It is more of an ‘anti-structure’ with a basic skeleton of metal rods and struts rising out of the lake; while the substance of the building, water, comes directly from the lake itself.

The metal structure contains pipes that pump water from the lake, which is then blown through thousands of fog nozzles to create a mist that floats on top of the lake. Guests are asked to complete a personality test prior to entering the space, and then don ‘braincoats’ which change colour according to a stranger’s compatibility once within the space. They enter along a long walkway and can explore within white noise and white-out conditions within the mist, or climb above it to the ‘Angel Bar’, where they can sample fresh and glacial waters sourced from all over the world. 

The goal of the architects, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro (New York), is for the visitors to experience a “sense of physical suspension only heightened by an occasional opening in the fog.” Their multi-disciplinary architectural work is focused on the nature of space as well as creating spaces, and they often create experiences that reflect social relationships to explore architecture in a unique way.

Freya Healey