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Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in China, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) repurposed reflective photography panels to create multipurpose Pop-Up Habitats. Incredibly lightweight and comprised of only flexible steel rings and a soft fabric, the Pop-Up Habitats can fold quickly and form self-supporting structures when expanded.

The Pop-Up Habitat has been exhibited in numerous architecture and design festivals around the world -- including Beijing Design Week and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen -- and in numerous forms. The Pop-Up Habitats have been turned into an auditorium, a gallery and a canopy, in addition to “an unintended but apt backdrop for selfies" at one exhibition. A consumer version has also been developed as a “weatherproof modular tent.”

Check out some of the exhibitions the Pop-Up Habitats have been featured in after the break. 

Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

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Tricycle House and Tricycle Garden / People's Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO)

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO)
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO)

Designed by People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO), the Tricycle House and Tricyle Garden was designed to address the theme of the 2012 Get It Louder Exhibition. The inability to own land is a fundamental condition in China unique from many western countries. The Tricycle House suggests a future where the temporary relationship and the public nature between people and the land they occupy is embraced. More images and architects’ description after the break.