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Mobile meditation pavilion by Giovanni Wegher stands on a lake shore in northern Italy

This tiny slatted timber pavilion is intended as a space for contemplation, and was designed by Milanese architect Giovanni Wegher to tour Italy's largest national park (+ slideshow).

The structure named Riondolo has a floor plan of just seven square metres and is five metres tall, allowing just a few people to use the space at any one time.

Riondolo by Giovanni Wegher

Wegher designed the structure to be easily assembled and disassembled so it can be moved to scenic locations throughout Stelvio National Park in northeastern Italy.

Riondolo by Giovanni Wegher

Intended as a space for reflection, the pavilion is made up from stacked timber batons that create slatted apertures that frames views over the lake, and into the woods and mountains.

"Riondolo is the search of man for a more sincere and less deceptive contact with nature," said Wegher.

Riondolo by Giovanni Wegher

"The aim is to lead the visitor to a moment of introspection in an isolated place, away from the usual everyday life," added the architect.

The lengths of wood used to create overlap at the corners of the structure.

The batons gradually shorten in length towards the top of the pavilion, creating the outline of an elongated hexagon on each of its four walls.

Riondolo by Giovanni Wegher

Wooden benches inside allow visitors to perch below a small square skylight, which opens the pavilion to the elements.

Other temporary timber pavilions include one modelled on the unrealised tomb of Adolf Loos by British architect Sam Jacob.