Video: design/buildLAB’s Reality Check

The design/buildLAB at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design has recently released a new documentary by Leon Gerskovic titled Reality Check, a film that chronicles the journey of 16 students as they undergo the design and construction of their Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, . The project was a complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space; the video relates how students collaborated with local community and industry experts to bring meaningful architecture to this struggling American rail town.

Design Miami Pavilion / formlessfinder

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Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its biannual Design Commissions program. This year’s winning proposal, dubbed “Tent Pile,” was designed by the New York-based architectural practice formlessfinder. Its design harnesses the properties of sand and aluminum to create shade, seating, cool air and a space to play for Miami‘s public.

Synthesis Design + Architecture Wins Competition to Design Pavilion for Volvo

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Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA), the forward-thinking Los Angeles-based architecture firm led by architect and USC professor, Alvin Huang, has recently won an international competition to design a rapidly deployable pavilion to showcase and charge ’s new plug-in electric hybrid, the V60. 

Volvo’s “Switch to Pure Volvo” competition, organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN, called for an innovative and original design for a temporary pavilion that expressed a “strong and creative identity” to showcase the car at fairs and open air presentations in Italian squares. SDA’s approach was to use the car’s design as a flexible and sustainable vehicle as the basis to reimagine the typical trade show pavilion. 

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura To Create Temporary Pavilion in Sao Paolo

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Thanks to and , Portugal’s two Pritzker Laureates, Sao Paulo will soon have its own temporary summer pavilion – a la the Serpentine Gallery – in the city’s most important green space: Ibirapuera Park.

Silk Pavilion / MIT Media Lab

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“Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication“, claims the ‘about’ page of MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk .

Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners

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Saturday in Marseille, France, pedestrians and city officials joined Foster + Partners to celebrate the completion of the Vieux Port Pavilion at the mouth of Marseille’s World Heritage-listed harbor. Minimal, yet effective, this “discreet” intervention provides a new sheltered events space on the eastern edge of the port. With six slender pillars supporting its razor-thin profile, the polished 46 by 22 meter canopy amplifies and reflects the surrounding movement of the harbor, creating a spectacle that encourages pedestrians to linger.

More on Foster’s Vieux Port Pavilion after the break…

AD Classics: Expo ’58 + Philips Pavilion / Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis

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In 1956, preparations had begun for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. This was to be the first World’s Fair held since the end of World War II, the concept behind the Expo was to celebrate the rejuvenation of civilization from the destruction of war through the use of technology. This World Fair is best known for the musical advances that was combined with architecture, creating a gestalt through an experiential encounter where body meets sound and space.

   

Portrait Pavilion / CoOB Architects

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Design: CoOB Architects (Office Jarrik Ouburg + Paulien Bremmer Architects)
Location: Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
Client: Duivenvoorde Castle, Voorschoten (NL)
Curator: Non-Fiction
Artists: Rineke Dijkstra, Koos Breukel, Hendrik Kerstens, Mirjana Vrbaski, Amie Dicke and others.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: CoOB Architects

Rietveld Pavilion at the Kröller-Müller Sculpture Garden

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Architect: Gerrit Rietveld
Location: Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo,
Project Years: 1955 (Arnhem, the Netherlands), 1965 (Kröller-Müller Museum) and 2010 (rebuilt)
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL

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Get It Louder, an acclaimed biannual media and arts festival sponsored by Modern Media of , 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.

Youturn Pavilion / UNStudio

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UNStudio shared their new pavilion for the 29th Art Biennale in Sao Paulo, with us.   The project is intended to encourage interaction between the participants and visitors by creating a place for display, discussion, and debate. An artistic expression that also functions programmatically, the pavilion embodies the dynamic geometry and spatial qualities common in the firm’s work (to compare, be sure to check out UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilon or the Burnham Pavilion previously featured on AD).

More about the pavilion, including photographs by Ding Musa after the break.

KOSHO / Studiometrico

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’s Sukkah City competition was a great success, as both the winning entries and the other proposals developed creative and thoughtful spaces.  Check out Studiometrico’s proposal for the competition which is more of a do-it-yourself sukkah.  People can build their own space using a triangular module that folds over itself to provide a sheltered condition.  Interested in the actual construction of the sukkah, the studio built a 1:1 scale prototype to test its feasibility and decided to present the idea to the Citizens of New York by telling the story of how it was built once upon a time, in a hypothetical place, by three imaginary boys.

More images and information about the sukkah, including a short video after the break.

The Hollow / Visiondivision

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Recently, we shared Visiondivision’s Cancer City project – if you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out as the firm’s fresh outlook results in a new kind of landscape for the animals. Moving from designing a new metropolis for crayfish, the architects have switched gears for their latest project to create a sukkah for an annual Jewish harvest festival.   The proposal is part of the New York competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design.  For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic changes the conditions for social interaction and behavior within a simplistic structure of compression.

More images and more about the proposal after the break.

Hungarian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Last week we featured some photographs Patricia Parinejad shared with us of the Russian Pavilion for the . Now she sent us the Hungarian Pavilion, where architects created some really nice spaces with an interesting use of wood pencils hanging from the ceiling.

Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Based on the idea of Mirage, described at the wikipedia as a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky, the team that designed the Croatian for the Venice Biennale decided to create a floating to present arts and architecture of at the Venice Biennale.

Following the same principles of a Fata Morgana, which is an unusual and very complex form of Mirage that can be seen in a narrow band right above the horizon, the Floating Pavilion is constructed on an existing barge with dimensions of 10m x 20m x 3m. It is designed by a group of 14 leading Croatian architects, who have made the recent Croatian architecture visible on the global scene. Instead of working in the usual formats of their practices and presenting speculative projects, they decided to work together on a single proposal and to have it constructed and towed toward its final destination in Venice right away. The pavilion structure is the barge’ cargo, welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers of varying contours. The cargo presented here maps the process of intense interaction between architects working on the common project, their collaboration with the Croatian maritime industry, and the extraordinary act of architecture it produced. Please follow the pavilion’s maiden voyage across the Adriatic over here

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Plastique Fantastique Installations

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Based in Berlin, Plastique Fantastique experiments with public architectural works to create unique spatial experiences right in the middle of a city.  These giant plastic bubble installations which take on different shapes in different cities, immediately snatch people’s attention and create a temporary focal point in the city centers.

More about the bubbles after the break.

Temporary Pavilion at the Aarhus School of Architecture

Nine students studying at the Aarhus School of Architecture, one of ’s premiere architecture universities have transformed the typical college quad into an activated social hub with their temporary pavilion.  In a quick ten-day workshop, the students designed and built the pavilion with 420 recycled euro-pallets.  “By being built with nothing else but pallets, easily reachable on the site by the closeness of the harbor, the pavilion was basically a short-living vernacular architecture,” shared the students.

Special thanks to Thibault Marcilly, a French student who organized the initiative and shared the project with us.  More about the pavilion, including images and a video, after the break.

Denmark Pavilion / Shanghai 2010

Take a look at this video on the Danish Pavilion (thanks again, Seppe!) and be sure to view yesterday’s on the UK Pavilion.  The Shanghai 2010 Expo is in full swing and several of the pavilions are living up to their expectations.  Which is your favorite?