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Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL

  • 01:00 - 27 September, 2010
Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL
Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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Get It Louder , an acclaimed biannual media and arts festival sponsored by Modern Media of China, features a series of lectures, screenings and exhibitions by over one hundred Chinese and foreign designers, artists, writers and filmmakers. Organized by an international team including Chinese curator and writer Ou Ning and design writer Aric Chen, this year’s theme “SHARISM” focuses on the relationship between public and private realms in the digital age. SO-IL was commissioned to design Get It Louder’s main pavilion, which serves as a central hub for the event and houses many of the festival’s activities.

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© Iwan Baan

SO - IL conceived the "Flockr" pavilion as a structure that responds to its environment while also creating a sense of place through its basic form. Covered with thousands of tinted mirrored panels, the skin reflects its surroundings and makes the changing contexts of this temporary and mobile installation—the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai— an integral part of its expression. In SO-IL’s experimental façade, only the top of each panel is attached to the structure, allowing the individual pieces to respond to wind and creating a kinetic skin that is permeable by light and air. The pavilion’s structure is made out of 56 thin, flexible steel rods that connect at the bottom and the top into two large steel rings. The larger bottom ring frames the interior perimeter of the structure while the smaller top ring creates a skylight; the relationship between the two results in the pavilion’s curvilinear womb-like shape. The activities that take place within are gently enclosed by a dynamic pattern of thousands of flickering reflections.

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© Iwan Baan

“Because it is circular in plan and curvilinear in section, the pavilion does not discriminate any direction,” says SO-IL partner Jing Liu. "Once passing through the entryway, the interior is generous and encompassing. “We envisioned the pavilion as a place where ideas can flock together, be projected, pass through, and be nurtured and distilled.”

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© Iwan Baan

The structure was assembled within four days for the opening on Sept 20th and will be demounted and reinstalled within a week’s time for its use in Shanghai.

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Gabriel Belli Butler · October 07, 2010

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Schuyler · October 02, 2010

i would like to work in Beijing!

threads · October 01, 2010

excess minimalism?

joe · September 28, 2010

whats on the inside? is it open structure to let the wind through? is there something on display? is there a fan on a motorized track? I do like So-il's lo - hi tech style... but this maybe i don't know for sure... half a project. if its just skin that's not enough even for a pavilion...

i do like the color and the shape... could of the entrance been done a bit different... it doesn't have to be a vestibule ... but over all i like it.

Juan Cristobal · September 28, 2010 reminds me, Ned Kahn´s "Wind Veil"

Nicholas Patten · September 28, 2010

Flockr Pavilion.

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round · September 27, 2010

cool living facade. Still the form says nothing. Be it a sphere or had some accent...

kelly · October 05, 2010 02:58 AM

definitely a cool 'living' facade - permeable by light and air. i enjoy that it responds to the wind. i imagine it would look cool seeing the wind ripple through it, and the sound would be interesting too.
i would disagree though as the form does say a lot. the pavilion is suppose to be reflecting its surrounds and therefore needs to be minimal. the skylight is a connective thread to the concept of the living facade, connecting someone on the inside of the pavilion to the outside with the views to the sky and surrounding structures.

Fran · September 27, 2010

simple but yet very effective, the video is just beautyfull

david · September 27, 2010

very nice


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