Art Pavillion / Cre8 Architecture

Our friend Pierre Forissier, from Cre8 Architecture, shared with us their entry for the Art Fund Pavillion Competition 2009.

“Panelion” was selected as an exception entry and will be exhibited at The Lightbox London.

More images and architect’s description, after the break.


The concept of the pavilion is to experiment with a developmental pattern in the evolution of an organism, to let spontaneous forces go without mediation. This results into an organic structure that wraps itself with a protective membrane. The skin (i.e. membrane) reveals life from the skeleton.

The pavilion is now one creature dipped in the real bio mass. The inside glow (i.e. internal lighting) reveals a pulsating organism into the night. The permanent incompletion is the evolutionary change that rejects the idea of a prediction about its form of growth

Technical – wood frame & reactive skin

The structure of the pavilion is a plywood frame assembled into ribs-like elements. The base structure of the pavilion is a 200mm x 400mm perpendicular grid. Ribs depth & thickness are integral and adjustable parameters of the model and adjust according to constrains (evolutionary change).

Each rib is a flat panel on a vertical plane (world z axis). All elements are planar & parallel on each x or y axis. Therefore all ribs intersect perpendicularly. Each element is given a unique id. The structure can be sent straight to digital production and cnc technology with all connections also cnc routed. Once all the pieces are cut, units can be preassembled in factory.

The reactive skin is a high-tech teflon membrane protecting the structure designed to react to changing light conditions. Its primary element is a honeycomb cell that optimises wrapping capabilities and semi-rigidity. It is flexible, wraps like a cloth, and can be folded.”

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Art Pavillion / Cre8 Architecture" 12 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    The architect project description is how a crazy marine biologist would describe… say… a boat. The space created inside this “organism” has inferior quality comparing to traditional exhibit and/or multifunctional pavillions. What is a point of the architect struggling to make the “fluidic” space usable?

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      ye, agree. what the hell is now with that fluidable architecture fashion. they look like aliens, yes even in 70ties architects were crazy about space-and alien like architecture, but it was perfectly usable.

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    blah blah blob… attention architects of the world. cnc cutting plywood to fit together like a puzzle is old. sadly in this case when puzzle is done there is no pretty picture…

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    Wow! This is amazing! One of the best works I have seen lately and one of the best concepts I have seen ever…Great work…very creative and ribs-like mash is very cool and reactive skin (snake skin like) is even better! Haven’t seen anything like that before…and I love the colors and stripes (on the skin) very creative and elegant…Great work from Cre8 Architecture! Love it!

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    cre8 hahahahaha ehm… clever

    The snakeskin is nice though..

    But why add “exhibition montres”, when there are plenty of small exhibition spaces in the contruction??

    cre8 hahahahahaha

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