Diller Scofidio’s Blur Building – A massive fog machine
Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, aerial view, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, aerial view, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Published on: Sunday November 3, 2019

Introduction

Vaporization and nothingness are likely to be the two words that emerge in your mind when you look at The Blur Building. The architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio built it specifically for the 2002 Swiss Expo, which took place in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland. The temporary media pavilion became an artwork that attracted tons of visitors. Furthermore, its impact on the creative scene is quite remarkable.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002, photo: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland, wikimedia.org

What is The Blur Building?

You could refer to it as a media pavilion that has undergone massive transformation since 2002 when it was launched. In the ensuing years, the pavilion has become one of the attractions around Lake Neuchatel. With its perfect mix of filtered lake water and fog nozzles, The Blur Building captures imagination vividly. Furthermore, it also has an in-built weather station. Through the station, it controls fog output by responding to the ever-changing climatic conditions that include:

• Wind direction
• Temperature
• Humidity
• Wind speed

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, rendering, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, rendering, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Accessibility

Over the years, visitors have shown a massive interest in making their way to The Blur Building to enjoy its remarkable attractions. Because of this, its designers equipped the building with a ramped bridge to make accessibility much more manageable. The ramped bridge is a 400ft (120m) in length. It takes visitors right into the fog’s center. Upon reaching there, visitors then step onto its large open-air podium. Here, visitors can’t move freely as that aspect of the tour is heavily regulated. As you enjoy this leg of the trip, the pulsing water nozzles would relax your mind.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, view from shore, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, view from shore, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, view on ramp, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, view on ramp, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, visitors immersed in fog , Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, visitors immersed in fog , Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, visitors immersed in fog , Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, visitors immersed in fog , Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

How did it work?

The Blur Building gets its water from LakeNeuchatel. Through a combination of various systems and mechanisms, the water undergoes filtration before shooting up to the sky to release an impressive cloud of fog. The presence of the smart weather system is proof that the architectural masterpiece is full of technological advances. Once you’re inside The Blur Building, you will not notice any acoustic and visual references. More impressively, all this happens in a low definition surrounding.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, plan

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, 3d render

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, plan

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, 3d render

Former location

Location of Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Location of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

The Blur Building is closed.

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Conclusion

Undoubtedly, The Blur Building is an architectural masterpiece. It doesn’t offer you a perfect view of the picturesque surroundings of Lake Neuchatel. What it does, though, is to give you blurred images courtesy of the massive cloud of fog that surrounds it. In this regard, you would be fortunate to experience the magic of one of Switzerland’s most impressive architectural creations. The sensation, charm, and relaxation you encounter when inside or near The Blur Building make it all worthwhile.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, Exposition Pavilion, Swiss Expo, Yverdon-Les-Bains, 2002

Drawings

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, drawing

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, perspectiive

Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Blur Building, drawing

Diller Scofidio + Renfro – Blur Building, plan

All images: Diller Scofidio + Renfro/dsrny.com unless otherwise noted.

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