Folly by Baumhauer


Folly by Philip Baumhauer

Photographer Julien Lanoo has sent us his photos of this wooden folly with mirrored shutters in the mountains of southern Germany by Berlin studio Baumhauer.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

The pavilion has a series of deeply set openings and niches that double up as seating, and a ladder leading up to a roof terrace.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

The entire structure is clad in larch boards, while the shutters are made from polished stainless steel.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

All photographs are by Julien Lanoo.

Here's some more from the architects:


The pavillion, which was comissioned privately, was originally conceived and planned as a tea house.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

In the course of the planning phase, the project evolved into a decorative and ornamental structure that was given a new purpose.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

It grew into a Folly of the kind that populated 18th century landscaped gardens in England  and 
turned into an edifice without a clear definition - a larger than lifesize abstract piece of furniture.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

Niches in the facade, the roof as well as the interior, where cushions await, invite reposal.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

The exterior consists of planed boards of larchwood, whose smoothness contrast with the weathering process.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

No flashing (cover sheet), socket or visible attic detract from the sharp edges and solidity of the structure - in part to ensure that the aging process will appear completely homogeneous.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

When not in use, the pavillion is closed with shutters made of highly polished stainless steel.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

In this way depth is achieved not only by structural means but in an imaginary and illusional way using the reflecting qualities as a mirror.

Folly by Philip Baumhauer

Material: larch wood, oriented strand board, highly polished stainless steel
Completion: June 2010
Location: Southern Germany

Folly by Baumhauer Gesellschaft von Architekten

See also:


Trail House
by Anne Holtrop
Dominey Pavilion
by Lightroom Studio
Wood Pavillion
by Hui and Wong

Posted on Thursday August 5th 2010 at 7:41 am by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • More about the photographer Julien Lanoo on I Love Belgium

  • well,it's a really design,but i wonder if somebody will like to live in it?

  • edward

    it may look much better when it weathers but as of now it detracts from some spectacular views.

  • richard

    I hate to post such a negative comment but the thing has such horrible proportions and balance; it looks clumsy.

    I agree with Edward but doubt it will detract any less as it ages.


  • carrothead

    …as much as I like the mirror-effect (pic 2/4), I wonder how they look either with those black eagle-stickers on it, or with the stains of birds crashing onto the shades,…

  • Miguel

    Regarding Richard's comment, I would argue that 'horrible proportions and balance, clumsy' reinforce the value of the architectonic piece.

    That means that is different from what we understand as 'beautiful, correct'; that means that is not so our traditional preconceptions, or our standard understanding of proportion… and that means that the piece cares more about its own 'faktura', its own 'materiality', derived from the use of the construction materials And it also cares about the concept of an object that reflect the environment and the subject, therefore making them active and thus not passive.

    Who cares about proportion? Long live to the 'clumsy'

  • I rather like it. Sure it "detracts" from its environment and its proportions may be "off" but the piece itself is meant to be a distraction, hence its (yes, seemingly post-rationalized) folly designation. I find it stands on its own as an insertion in a beautiful landscape, a destination that visitors may come and take in all the sights and sounds.

  • Felix

    Migeul, there's a difference between artfully clumsy and badly organized order. This is the latter.

    I would say it will age badly, but since it has no purpose it can't exactly become less functional, and it's already ugly so can't lose aesthetic appeal.

  • v.w.

    surprise! surprise!

    TheftDaily is stealing your work again…

  • Denny

    First off, for all you nay sayers; how can you possible judge with certainty how horrible or clumsy it is without seeing it in person. As for how it ages, you cannot possibly know, again, with certainty of such things. You hate the world that you haven't designed, the worst character trait of architectural critics.

    p.s. to the jackass that said "wonder if anyone would want to live in it"…………need i really say anything?