Year of construction
Short description of the replacement or dismantling
Initially built in 1957.
The pavilion is disassembled every end of the season.
Renovated firstly for the 1971 federal garden show, dismantled in 1993 because of structural fragility and
rebuild in 2001.
Function of building
Entertainment & recreation
Degree of enclosure
Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Type of application of the membrane
Primary function of the tensile structure
- Space defining elements
The radial wave tent is a classic in terms of lightweight roofing with minimal surface structures. The design is based on the model of the soap film. Frei Otto designed and built the tent in 1957 during the Garden Festival in Cologne. It covers the round dance floor, which hovers above the water level, in the centre of a circular fountain – the so-called Dance Fountain. In 2001, the cotton sailcloth was replaced by a polyester fabric. The Tanzbrunnen became a popular institution, which is still the scene of many events and festivals.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2)
Form single element
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure
Design lifespan in years
SL Rasch GmbH
Marijke M. Mollaert