Design: Jason Slabbynck
Our response to this challenge reflects the fact that a borderline always straddles something dual. It cannot exist without two separate areas which themselves are autonomous, while not equal to each other. There is no hierarchy where a borderline exists. A borderline is therefore determined by faith, faith in a common denominator, the line itself. The proposed pavilion will form this denominator: a marking point, a symbolic zero point, set within the dunes. Point Zero forms the beginning of a Cartesian coordinate system from which our conception of the surrounding area can take shape. It draws borderlines through the open space of the romantic dune landscape; which derive their legitimacy from this point zero. A starting point for our minds to stretch beyond both real and perceived borders.
This pavilion is a formal, external and spatial expression of this coordinate system, which we can experience on a physical level. The walls and floors each represent a different axis in the Cartesian grid, creating an inverted, inhabitable space on two levels, and providing both a shelter and an outlook. In this way, the pavilion not only draws the gaze and thoughts of the viewer physically inwards; but also allows the visitor to look and think outwards, into the surroundings. The space that is created can be used for exhibitions, but can also become a place for discussion and meeting, perhaps above all, contemplation, whether introverted or extroverted: a viewing platform during sunny weather, or a roof against wind and rain. In this way the pavilion embodies the dualism of a border, between a hard marking and a soft, poetic question mark.