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As part of the “Hamburger Architektur Sommer” (the Hamburg architecture triennial) and to mark the 30th anniversary of the city partnership between Hamburg and Osaka, KAWAHARA KRAUSE ARCHITECTS are building a temporary pavilion at Planten un Blomen open to the public. Painted by Japanese artist Nobuko Watabiki, Belvedere serves as an interaction of art and architecture and creates a quiet retreat in the fluid space of the vast park.


The opening is scheduled for Friday, 26th of July 2019. For updated information please check this website.

The pavilion will be open to public from 27th of July 2019 to 25th of August 2019.

Opening Hours
every day 7am -11pm (opening hours of the park)

A public demonstration of a Japanese tea ceremony and other events are planned to take place in the pavilion.
Please refer to this website for upcoming events.


In their works, KAWAHARA KRAUSE ARCHITECTS play with the threshold of the perception of space and in structures of repetitive elements transform mass into ephemeral buildings. Meanwhile, Nobuko Watabiki shows seemingly soft, primitive forms in her abstract and two-dimensional paintings, behind which the narrative depth hides. In the interaction of these seemingly contrary approaches of clear geometry and arbitrariness, ratio and intuition, the installation is conceived as a hovering roof framing the view while at the same time forming a quiet place of observation and contemplation. Like a filter it alters the view on the familiar garden.

Since 1988 a Japanese landscape garden has been part of Planten un Blomen, and in 1991 the biggest Japanese Garden in Europe was created. So, over the past decades there has been a long tradition of co-existing Japanese and European garden and landscape concepts in this extensive and ever-changing park. In many traditional Japanese gardens looking at the garden is more important than the actual use of it. Therefore, the temporary pavilion should offer a place of quiet observation in the heavily frequented park. Built as a geometrically structured roof over a platform, it creates an open yet protected space that allows wind and light to pass through. The soft gradient between the inside and outside – a typical element of Japanese spatial design – comes to life in this temporary pavilion through an interaction of art and architecture. Also, in European gardens and parks there has been a long tradition of staging the view. The typology of the belvedere first occurred in the 16th century, belvedere in parks and gardens in the shape of small temples were especially popular in the 19th century. Thus, in the year of the 30th anniversary of the city partnership between Hamburg and Osaka, the installation BELVEDERE merges the spatial ideas of architecture and landscape of Europe and Japan.

The pavilion being a temporary structure of only four weeks, the possibility of disassembling it into its components played a big role in the design process. Developed as a reciprocal structure, the structural system consists of many small, easy to handle elements. Next to being easy to transport and assemble it also allows a simple disassembly into single elements. Deciding to use recycled and recyclable cardboard as the building material lead to a sustainable solution. The possibilities involving paper as construction material are tested beyond limits in this pavilion. Thus, the project demonstrates the various usages of paper as well as the high potential for simple constructions to a broad public.

Kleine Wallanlagen, Planten un Blomen, Hamburg

exhibition / event


Structural System
cardboard, timber

Structural Engineer
B+G Ingenieure Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH
Prof. Klaus Bollinger, Andreas Rutschmann

Project Team
KAWAHARA Tatsuya, Ellen Kristina KRAUSE, Lea Frenz

Nobuko Watabiki (artist)
Achim Schnell, Rodenborg

Michael Marx






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