KOSHO / Studiometrico

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New York’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 competition for Sukkah City (be sure to view the finalists here), which asked participants to re-imagine the temporary pavilion by developing new methods of material practice and parametric design.  For Visiondivison’s proposal, the organic pavilion 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 Venice . Now she sent us the Hungarian , 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 Biennale decided to create a floating pavilion to present arts and architecture of Croatia at the 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 Denmark’s premiere architecture universities have transformed the typical college quad into an activated social hub with their temporary .  In a quick ten-day workshop, the students designed and built the 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 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 pavilion is your favorite?

British Pavilion / Shanghai 2010 Expo

We’ve been covering the Shanghai 2010 Expo a lot on ArchDaily, and our reader Seppe shared some videos of the pavilions with us.  Today, we’re featuring a cool video on one of our favorites, the UK (be sure to read about the project featured previously on AD) and be on the look out for more videos contributed by Seppe this week.

Italian Pavilion / Shanghai 2010

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For those of us not able to experience the Shanghai 2010 Expo in person, we hope these great photos by IODICEARCHITETTI of the Italian Pavilion will help convey the spirit of the project.

Check out more photographs after the break.

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 Video

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The UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 is one of the people’s favorite (if not the most). We featured yesterday the pavilion’s details with some amazing photos and plans. Now, we could not pass the opportunity to show you this amazing video of the pavilion made by Channelbeta. The video was published by a reader in our Facebook group!

UK Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / Heatherwick Studio

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When we featured the first renders of the UK back on August, 2009, many readers doubt that Heatherwick Studio’s design could be done (or at least look like the renders). The Shanghai World Expo 2010 has started and the UK Pavilion has become a favorite to many of you. Now you can see the complete projects.

More images, plans and architect’s description after the break.

Norway Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

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Expo 2010 Shanghai is the first World Fair to adopt sustainable urban development as its theme. As consequence concepts which legitimise the extensive resource use and major investment of a World Fair must be promoted. The basic concept of “ Powered by Nature”, designed by Helen & Hard, directly engages this challenge, placing emphasis and awareness on multiple aspects of sustainability.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Brazil Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 update

There’s only one week left for the grand opening of Shanghai’s World 2010, and as you may know, we’ve been featuring many ’s (all the pavilions here). One of the first ones was the Brazilian Pavilion designed by Fernando Brandão Arquitetura e Design.

With more than 80 comments, it became one of the most controversial and discussed pavilions. At Fernando Brandão they followed the discussion and now they wanted to show you the complete project. More images, drawings and the architect’s description after the break.

Iceland Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

Iceland Pavilion for Shanghai World 2010 was designed by Plús Arkitektar. The concept for the Icelandic Pavilion is to create the image of an ice cube made of backlit printed fabric on the exterior that captures the complex ice patterns that are only visible within a glacier.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Austrian Pavilion for Shanghai Expo Update

Almost a year ago, we featured the Austrian designed by Vienna based firms SPAN and Zeytinoglu Architects for Shanghai World 2010. Now, the pavilion is almost complete. See more images of the construction after the break.

Monaco Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 / NAÇO Architecture

Designed by NAÇO Architecture, ’s Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 will feature a movie that will take visitors on a lap of Monaco Grand Prix and show a luxury ecological car prototype of the new Venturi Volage.

The 2,000-square-meter pavilion will invite visitors to explore the evolution of casr, city transformation and KERS system from Monaco Grand Prix’s beginning in 1929 in a special area dedicated to Formula One. The Monaco leg is the only city in the world to have a circuit inside it. Upon entering the pavilion, visitors will see a six-minute animation movie “Monaco, a rock for eternity” exclusively produced for the Expo. An extraordinary adventure will be unfolded, which will send visitors back to prehistoric times.

The cinema can accommodate 250 people and will be equipped with a high definition screen of 56 meters. A walk along typical old streets of Monaco will allow visitors to discover the city and its flora and fauna. More images after the break.

Dutch Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010

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The Dutch submission to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai is an exceptional one. This time around, it will not be the classic pavilion with long lines of visitors waiting outside and a presentation inside. is making its appearance at ’s world exposition along an entire street. The submission, entitled “Happy Street”, is the response by designer John Kormeling to the Chinese Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” and the sub-themes:

- Urban cultural diversity
- Urban economic growth and prosperity
- Innovation in science and technology in urban contexts
- Remodelling urban communities
- Interaction between urban and rural areas.

Find out more about Holland’s pavilion right here. More images and a video after the break.

Shanghai 2010: Almost ready?

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There’s still a little bit more than a month till the opening of Shanghai’s World Expo 2010, scheduled for May 1st. Many construction workers are still working to finish the pavilions that will receive up to 800,000 visitors every day, expecting a total of 70 million visitors till October 31, when the will close its doors. So are the pavilions ready? Check the updates on several countries after the break.

Seen at The Big Picture.