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selgascano - selgascano pavilion

Meet, enjoy and get enchanted by the colourful pavilion of the Spanish architects selgascano, a new sunny meeting place on the water.


The installation

selgascano pavilion

Next to the Coupure, the installation of the Spanish architectural firm selgascano catches the eye. The organic structure with pink, orange and yellow transparent walls lends colour to the water and forms an ideal spot to take a rest. Although the canal is still navigable today and forms a link between the Ringvaart (outer canal system) and the city centre, the sluice gates here are for the most part kept closed. This floating pavilion will be an ideal place for adults and children to wade in or venture a splash in the canals.Supervised swimming in July and August: Sat - Sun | 12:00 - 18:00 PM, subject to the water quality.



The Spanish architects José Selgas (1965, Madrid) and Lucía Cano (1965, Madrid) studied architecture at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura. Before the creation of selgascano Studio in 1998, Selgas worked with Francesco Venezia in Naples. Cano worked with Julio Cano Lasso in Madrid until 2001. selgascano uses synthetic materials and innovative technologies to design buildings and pavilions: Silicon House, Madrid (2007), Office in the woods, Madrid (2009), El ‘B’. Cartagena Auditorium & Congress Center, Cartagena (2011) and Mérida Factory, Mérida (2011) and more recently Second Home, London (2015) and Plasencia Auditorium Congress Center, Cáceres; the renovation of Texas Square in Oranjestad, Aruba and the house “La Canaria”, Mount Washington, Los Angeles. Their work has already been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, GA Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of technology), Boston.

The architects were chosen for the Venice Architecture Biennial in 2010. In 2013, they won the “Kunstpreis” awarded by the Akademie der Künste Berlin and became “Architects of the Year” for the German Council of the design. In 2015, they designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.

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