Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh

06:00 - 26 May, 2016
Konishi Gaffney Architects Unveils Their Winning Pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh, Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Exterior Perspective Views. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Edinburgh-based studio, Konishi Gaffney Architects, has won the competition to design a temporary pavilion for the Pop-Up Cities Expo. The Pop-Up Cities Expo is a headline event at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture, featuring pop-up pavilions at Mound Square from cities around Europe. Konishi Gaffney will be representing Edinburgh – the host of the expo - with their winning pavilion design.

Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects
Elevations. Image Courtesy of Konishi Gaffney Architects

Unfoldings and Assemblages: Mexico’s Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

14:00 - 21 May, 2016

Following a competition that received 286 entries from 26 of the 32 states of Mexico, 31 proposals have been selected to be presented at the Mexican Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Narrating the “deep history of social participation in Mexico,” the exhibit, “Unfoldings and Assemblages,” will feature “architectures assembled from fragments, modules, relations, stories, tactics, technologies and construction strategies.” The exhibit will focus on work and experiences that can change, propagate and adapt, rather than closed systems or final products.

Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion

05:45 - 20 May, 2016
Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion, EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna
EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna

Devnya Cement AD, a member of Italcementi Group, and Varna Design Forum invite all students of architecture and design, and all young professionals up to 35 years old from all over the world to participate in the international contest for conceptual design of a small trading pavilion, to be situated in the Seaside Park in the city of Varna. The goal is to enrich the urban design of Varna through the realization of a contemporary and inspiring concept for a trading pavilion constructed with the innovative materials of Italcementi Group. The contest will finish with the announcement of a winner selected by a five-member Jury Panel. The winner will be awarded with monetary prize, visit to the "i.lab" research center in Italy and realization of their project as a real-size prototype.

LifeObject: Israel Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale to Study the Relationship Between Biology and Architecture

08:00 - 19 May, 2016
LifeObject: Israel Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale to Study the Relationship Between Biology and Architecture, LifeObject Close-Up. Image Courtesy of Xhibtion
LifeObject Close-Up. Image Courtesy of Xhibtion

Israel has unveiled its theme for the 2016 Venice Biennale: “LifeObject: Merging Architecture and Biology”. Their pavilion will be comprised of a large-scale sculptural installation and seven speculative architectural scenarios relating to Israel. The exhibition will focus on the relationship between biology and architecture, acting as a “research oriented platform.”

MVRDV Designs Reusable Pavilion for Bogotá Book Fair

12:00 - 30 April, 2016
MVRDV Designs Reusable Pavilion for Bogotá Book Fair, © Punto Avi
© Punto Avi

MVRDV’s design for the Dutch exhibition “Hola Holanda” at the Book Fair of Bogotá (FILBO) features a modular system of crates that will be repurposed as neighbourhood libraries after the Book Fair ends. Avoiding the waste of resources created by one-time pavilions, the Dutch firm has introduced a playful element of sustainability to the fair, maintaining its spirit even after the event ends.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition

12:00 - 24 April, 2016
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition, 1st Prize Exterior View. Image via Bee Breeders
1st Prize Exterior View. Image via Bee Breeders

International architecture competition organizers Bee Breeders have announced the three winners and honourable mentions of their competition to design a Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion. Intended to be a travelling exhibition of the work of the French Magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” participants were asked to “support and promote” principles of free speech in their design. Responding to the terror attacks against Charlie Hebdo and the ensuing global discourse on free speech, the competition sought to deconstruct the “conventional assumptions of free speech,” and look specifically at “what makes speech free and how much of it comes at a cost.”

Entries were judged for the way they challenged these assumptions in terms of space, material and form. Preference was given to projects that had clear concepts, circulation, sequence and narrative, in addition to public engagement and a “reconciliation between the abstract and theoretical with the physical and real.” Consideration was also given to the way projects contributed to a discourse – rather than expressing an opposition - concerning the growing grey areas between "ideological, political, and cultural binaries." 

Open Call: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Pavilion Design Competition 2016

20:33 - 7 April, 2016
Open Call: Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara Pavilion Design Competition 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Photo Credit: Stacey Bryant
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Photo Credit: Stacey Bryant

MCASB invites proposals for a large-scale, outdoor, traveling pavilion ​to be built and installed at each site of its new public art program, TakePart/MakeArt. As a central feature of TakePart/MakeArt, the mobile pavilion will be a bold and vibrant beacon for MCASB as it travels through three different communities across Santa Barbara County: Isla Vista, the Westside, and the Waterfront.

Call for Entries: PARIS PAVILION: The Art of Peace

08:16 - 23 February, 2016
Call for Entries: PARIS PAVILION: The Art of Peace

The city of Paris is rightfully termed as 'the cultural capital of the world' because of its rich and diverse ethos and character. Paris has been the artistic epicentre of the world since renaissance, inspiring many artists, philosophers, writers and architects to innovate and break the shackles of resistance. The city was home to great revolutionaries like Picasso, Miro, Modigliani, Voltaire and Corbusier. But one of the most tolerant cities of the world was shook by recent terror attacks that sent shockwaves around the world. 

Origami Pavilion Creates Shelter with 8 Folded Aluminum Sheets

16:00 - 14 February, 2016
Origami Pavilion Creates Shelter with 8 Folded Aluminum Sheets, Courtesy of Tal Friedman
Courtesy of Tal Friedman

The advent of parametricism has brought architects many new design capabilities; form finding, sun shading and visual texturing are just a few of the ways the technology has impacted structures. But perhaps its most noble function is its ability to optimize structure, especially through the folding of thin, rigid materials. This is the function that architect Tal Friedman has chosen to explore in his Origami Pavilion.

Courtesy of Tal Friedman Courtesy of Tal Friedman Courtesy of Tal Friedman Courtesy of Tal Friedman +23

Pavilion Made Out of Recycled Coat Hangers to Be Constructed on Governors Island

12:00 - 30 January, 2016
Pavilion Made Out of Recycled Coat Hangers to Be Constructed on Governors Island, Hanger Barn. Image Courtesy of FIGMENT
Hanger Barn. Image Courtesy of FIGMENT

A design for a pavilion constructed out of recycled clothes hangers has been selected as the winner of the sixth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. The temporary structure will be built on Governors Island and available to the public for summer 2016, pending final approval and fundraising. 

Hosted by FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), the competition speculates on possible futures with solutions to the current strain on economic and natural resources. Designers are required to consider their materials from sourcing to disposal, or ideally, reuse, promoting sustainable thinking.

Over 100 design proposals were submitted, and the jury selected four finalists who were each given a month to further develop their designs in response to jury comments. See the winning design and the three finalists after the break.

Zaha Hadid and Sou Fujimoto Among 30 to Design Pre-Fab Pavilions for Revolution PreCraft

12:00 - 25 January, 2016
Zaha Hadid and Sou Fujimoto Among 30 to Design Pre-Fab Pavilions for Revolution PreCraft, VOLU Dining Pavilion at Design Miami. Image Courtesy of Revolution PreCraft
VOLU Dining Pavilion at Design Miami. Image Courtesy of Revolution PreCraft

Following the recent trend of luxury pre-fabricated structures like Muji’s recent three huts, Robbie Antonio’s “Revolution PreCraft” is a collection of pre-fabricated pavilions by 30 top designers and architects, including Zaha Hadid, Sou Fujimoto, Daniel Libeskind and Gluckman Tang. Some have already been built, being exhibited at Design Miami, while others are planned for the future.

With recent advancements in building technology, Revolution PreCraft hopes to democratize the design of pre-fab structures, offering a line of products that incorporate the distinct spatial and social brands of the designers. See a selection of the Revolution Precraft line after the break.

STUDIOKCA’s NASA Orbit Pavilion Lets Visitors Listen to the “Sounds of Space”

06:00 - 15 January, 2016
© David Delgado / NASA JPL
© David Delgado / NASA JPL

Based on the concept of listening to the sounds of the ocean inside a shell, STUDIOKCA, commissioned by NASA, has created the NASA Orbit Pavilion to immerse visitors in the sounds of satellites orbiting in outer space.

The traveling, nautilus-shaped pavilion provides a space in which to experience the trajectories of 19 satellites orbiting Earth. Made with 3,500 square feet of water-jet cut aluminum panels, the pavilion is "scribed with over 100 'orbital paths' fitted together and bolted to a curved framework of aluminum tubes."

Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015

06:00 - 25 December, 2015
Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015, Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives
Embruns. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives

The south of France is known for its endless beaches, nineteenth century architecture, lush greenery, and monuments to its storied history. For nearly a decade, Le Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture) has been infusing contemporary architecture into the staid Southern French landscape through the creation of an array of artful temporary pavilions. Beginning in 2006 and 2013 respectively, the towns of Montpellier and La Grande Motte have played host to a series of structures designed to animate historical segments of the two cities. Founded with a mission to celebrate the seminal work of burgeoning architects, the festival aims to produce meaningful and interactive works designed to activate the historic centres of the two ageing cities. 

Explore the bizarre and inspired installations of Le Festival des Architectures Vives after the break.

Promenade D'envolees. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives The Porthole. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Photo Souvenir. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives Les Arbres dans L'eau. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives +16

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia

08:00 - 21 December, 2015
Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia, Courtesy of  The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
Courtesy of The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has announced the fourth iteration of its annual pavilion series Fugitive Structures. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion centers around “the innovative use of bamboo, and [the architect’s] passion and self-imposed duty to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

06:00 - 9 December, 2015
Christian Kerez to Contribute to Swiss Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale , Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair
Kerez's House with One Wall Project. Image © Walter Mair

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has nominated Christian Kerez, a Venezuela-born, Swiss architect, to represent Switzerland at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice in 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Swiss art historian Sandra Oehy, and will be on display at the Biennial from May 28 to November 27, 2016. Switzerland will also be represented by <<Salon Suisse>>, a platform for discussion and debate on contemporary art and architecture.

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supporting Perforated Pavilion at Miami Art Basel

16:00 - 5 December, 2015
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY Constructs Self-Supporting Perforated Pavilion at Miami Art Basel , Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY
Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

In light of the recent kickoff of Art Basel Miami, Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY has shared its Labrys Frisae Pavilion, which was installed at Art Basel Miami from 2011 to 2014. Constructed from aluminum less than one millimeter thick, the installation sought to blur the distinction between edge and space through “an immersive, multisensorial experience.”

“The structure’s interior leads a visitor to lose their time as they peruse the curves and try to understand the space,” which changes as viewers move throughout, especially at night, when shadows emerge through the shell’s intricate perforation.

Detail. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Top view. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Exploded axonometric view. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY Curves and paths. Image Courtesy of MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY +13

Curatorial Team Selected for Albanian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 28 November, 2015
Curatorial Team Selected for Albanian Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale , Albania Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia
Albania Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © Andrea Avezzù, Courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

Simon Battisti, Leah Whitman-Salkin, and design collective Åbäke have been selected to represent Albania at the 15th International Biennale in Venice in 2016, with their project entitled, “I Have Left You the Mountain.” The project was selected from an open call for proposals from the Albanian Ministry of Culture that was held earlier this fall.

Hello Wood 2015: It Takes a Village to Raise Outstanding Architecture

06:00 - 12 November, 2015
Hello Wood 2015: It Takes a Village to Raise Outstanding Architecture , Mazzocchio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Mazzocchio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

Set in the depths of rural HungaryHello Wood has emerged from the landscape for its 2015 edition, entitled 'Project Village'. Since 2010, the Hungarian-led collective of architects, designers, students and artists have gathered from around the world to create temporary wooden installations. Now in its sixth year, Hello Wood was realized with the help of 150 volunteers from 30 countries, and co-curated by Johanna Muszbek, with the shared vision to build a series of community-driven pavilions. Together the teams created fifteen unique wooden pavilions, each centred on a different component of the architecture of a village. 

The Towers. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky Tea Totem. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky +46