The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

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The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

Architect Ivo Pavlik created this gateway overlooking a nuclear power station in the Czech Republic by casting concrete between hay bales then setting them on fire. 

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

Called The Cross-Gate, the structure in Dukovany stands at the end of a path leading from a cemetery, in front of a tree.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The ends of one wall and the lintel are gilt to create a cruciform.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

Here's some more information from Pavlik:


Dukovany

The idea is to return a cross back to the landscape, to the place where it had always been.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The cross is part of the gate which carries its own meaning and new symbolic - it’s an imaginary border between life and death.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

It’s a place behind which it’s possible to get dispersed, in the east-west direction. To walk through the gate means to get “to the other side“ where we can contemplate..

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

It’s possible to get dispersed in the landscape. It’s not a small dispersive meadow, but, first of all, an act of the walk-through.... It’s not possible to see over the gate due to a tree.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The gate is related to a cemetery, it’s connected to a path from the cemetery which has always existed there. But there is no path behind the gate?

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The walls and the lintel was casted of concrete into boarding of straw bales, which was burned at 1 pm, on the 10th of January, 2010.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

New structure and color of the walls came to existence, because of fire. Also bales hanged to ash. Eastern side of the wall, which is creating cross with the lintel, was gilded by pieces of laminar gold. The cross is done by this events.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

We are entering into the space formed by the left wall, there is a horizontal lintel on the wall which is by its half inserted into the other vertical wall with which it forms a cross (there used to be a cross there but was moved away 4 years ago, now it’s coming back).

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The lintel is gilded. The lintel creates with its location an idealized prehistoric dolmen. There was a settlement in Paleolithic nearby, and many tools of prehistoric people were found there.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

A part of the cross‘ upper wall, which is behind the tree, is cut out and enables sitting under the tree and we can place a candle or flowers to it.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

If we want to come to it, we must pass the tree. The tree makes it impossible to see through the gate and to move directly.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

The cross itself is readable only from the front side. It’s also visible from the rear where the other wall is aligned with the tree.

The Cross-Gate by Ivo Pavlik

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While sitting on the “bench“ under the tree, our view is southward into the open landscape or northward toward the town and the path which took us here.

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author: Ivo Pavlik architect
Ivo Pavlik, Lucie Chytilova, Dana Novakova architects


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by Hélène Binet
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  • Albert

    i did not get the concept completely. Maybe the way it was written? I understand the abstraction of the immolation, the walk-through, its good reading of the context in which it is located. But I just can't figure out what's the purpose of the tree. Maybe, the life? I don't know what the architects wanted when confronting the tree, blocking access to the gate or exit of it. Which is a thing I also didn't get: the tree blocks us from entering, from contemplating or from exiting?

    • http://www.ivopavlik.com Ivo Pavlik

      The tree is there not for blocking the way thourgh gate, but for blocking only your view to western side (also exit from the gate), which symbolize it, what comes after life. So main idea of the tree is that anybody doesnt know, what is after life.

      • Albert

        I see… well, it's highly conceptual and I like it. Unorthodox form for a cross, which I think is good, because it is innovation.

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    Time could have been equally spent locked in the trunk of a car.

  • Rafael

    Dolmens are neolithic, at least 10.000 years after the paleolithic.

    • http://www.ivopavlik.com Ivo Pavlik

      The village and its neighbourhood was colonisationed since paleolit until Middle Age, there is prehistoric path, which leads from the river.

  • Eddd

    I guess that the concept is sculptural nonsense and the result is the need of author to get the great commercial admiration.

  • Nic

    A diluted abstraction of an interesting technique we have seen done well before; not this time though…

  • jed_

    I suppose the concept is taken almost directly from Zumthor’s Brother Claus Field Chapel.

    The form itself is not pleasing to me.

    • http://www.ivopavlik.com ivo pavlik

      The main idea of burning was ritual of first dispersion ash to landscape. Ash is still there, because purpose of the gate is dispersion ash of deads to landscape.

      Zumthor probably wanted to symbolize hermitage of Brother Claus, which disappeared by time. Zumthor symbolized it by burning. Brother Claus had a vision (in his lifetime), he saw himself in high tower.

    • aya

      I agree the form is not pleasing to me as well and the concept is too vague.

  • Carlos

    Some of the comments in Dezeen like these, while often amusing, cause me to wonder if there is anything in the critics’ lives satisfying to them.

    It’s a strong concept executed courageously. Give the designer a break.

  • guest24

    I like the concept. It has something intriguing and archetypical about it, but isn’t the form a delugan meissl rip off (Twin Tower competition 1996)? Or are they in the same sect :D