BA_LIK / Vallo Sadovsky Architects


Architects: Vallo & Sadovsky Architects (Matúš Vallo, Oliver Sadovský, Martin Lepej)
Location: Bratislava,
Construction: Radovan Kendereš – EBEN
Constructed Area: 30.9 sqm
Budget: 50,000 €
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Pato Safko


BA_LIK pavilion designed by is set in one of the Bratislava’s historical squares. It is one of the projects of City Interventions, their long running initiative which invites young architects to propose feasible architectural solutions to various problems and neglected spaces in Bratislava, with the hope that, within an urban context, small changes can create big effects.


Flexibility and mobility are main characteristics of the pavilion. The object itself is composed of 5 elements mounted on wheels that can be moved and connected so it becomes closed and compact or loosely open. During the summer months it can be used for various cultural activities: a theater performance, concert or a photography exposition. Similar to how a concert differs from a theater performance the proposed structure can adapt and change.

In time when there is no particular event taking place, the pavilion becomes a modern city furniture, giving young contemporary identity to a square otherwise catering tourists with pseudo-historic “little big city”.


The pavilion is part of an ongoing research of Vallo Sadovsky Architects on how people can influence and modify the urban space using small architectural objects and furniture. Naturally also various unintended types of interaction occur: the homeless sleep over, young people party inside, writers spray graphics, however none of them proved disruptive nor destructive. Fortunately, the Balik pavilion proves the fool-proof strategy usually preferred by city officials wrong.

Cite: "BA_LIK / Vallo Sadovsky Architects" 08 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • arch critic

    I like this. no point but i like it.

  • oscar falcón lara

    The sole fact that it can open and close like an accordion makes this a winner… and it’s an urban pavilion, awesome.

  • Alex Prodan

    nice urban “furniture”…

  • Marcio N Coelho Jr

    Fun! No point? It’s an urban pavilion!!

  • Zesk

    Yeah I like the pavilion alone but….I’m not sure if it really fits in that context.

    • panza

      fits :)

  • T.Nowicki

    not much, but enough

  • Yorik

    I kinda liked too, simple and funny, which is if you think of it, a good approach for a pavillon in a city centre

  • muhammadsagitha

    great. i like this portable pavilion, detach it and could create a boundary for temporary space on plaza. but that budget is quite big in Indonesia, u can create more here, with cheap workmanship but more crafting people :)


    I think its a nice pavilion really but nothing special or new about it and in romania you can built this one with 5000 euros. not 50 000.

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  • Esco

    I’m wondering what the envelope of this particular pavilion might be… i’m guessing it is aluminum… or am I wrong ??? I like it very much, it is portable, it does not create a footprint which is good for the environment, it is really stylish, but the thing is you have the homeless and the taggers do whatever they want with the pavilion at night, not good. yeah but other than that it gives the plaza really good aesthetics.

    • lawaa

      It is a challenge for me to read English Webs,but I will try.I am a Chinese.

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