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08:00 - 8 June, 2015
Cornell University Student's inflatable pavilion, the result of Lorena Del Río's "A Journey Into Plastics" seminar. Image Courtesy of Lorena Del Río / Cornell University Department of Architecture
Cornell University Student's inflatable pavilion, the result of Lorena Del Río's "A Journey Into Plastics" seminar. Image Courtesy of Lorena Del Río / Cornell University Department of Architecture

It's graduation time. As universities around the globe - or at least most in the Northern hemisphere, where over 80% of the world's universities are located - come to the end of the academic year, many university architecture studios have recently closed out the construction of pavilions, installations and other small educational projects. At ArchDaily, we've already received a number of submissions from students and professors who would like to see their studio's work reach a larger audience, such as the example above from Cornell University's "A Journey Into Plastics" seminar, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's studio project completed with the assistance of Marcus Prizewinner Sou Fujimoto (more on that project here). But we're interested in doing something more.

OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale

13:00 - 21 April, 2015
© OMA
© OMA

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation has commissioned OMA to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, just a year after Rem Koolhaas served as director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, "Other Future" will feature the work of composer Tan Dun, architect Liu Jiakun, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and choreographer Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio in an "immersive environment where artworks are juxtaposed in a field of projections and stages connecting the interior and exterior works."

NJIT Graduates Create A Biodegradable Pavilion For Sukkahville 2014

19:00 - 19 April, 2015
Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez
Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez

In the annual Sukkahville design competition in Toronto, entrants are challenged to reimagine the sukkah, a structure that the competition organizers describe as a "symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life," traditionally built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that the Jews spent wandering the desert. For the 2014 competition, New Jersey-based graduates Michael Signorile and Edward Perez created "Reflect.Reveal.Rebirth," a structure that responds to this challenge to create a transient space for contemplation by utilizing a biodegradable skin.

Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez The Sukkah after a rain shower. Image Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez Close-up of the foam panels. Image Courtesy of Michael Signorile and Edward Perez +20

Video: Sou Fujimoto's Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in Japan

13:42 - 3 April, 2015

Tokyo-based French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht has captured the opening of Sou Fujimoto’s polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion on the Kagawa shoreline in Japan. The inhabitable, seven-meter, white stainless steel structure is part of the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Watch the video above for a closer look.

Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion Relocates to Bruton

15:10 - 24 March, 2015
Serpentine Pavilion / Smiljan Radic. Image © 2014 Iwan Baan
Serpentine Pavilion / Smiljan Radic. Image © 2014 Iwan Baan

Chilean architect Smiljan Radić’s shell-shaped Serpentine Pavilion has been relocated from Hyde Park to the gardens of Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton. Just under three hours from London, the new site positions the translucent fiberglass structure in short proximity to a main gallery complex designed by Paris-based Argentine architect Luis Laplace and within an lush garden designed by Dutch landscape architect Piet Oudolf.

Carmody Groarke To Design UK Pavilion For Mexico's 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair

00:00 - 12 February, 2015
Conceptual Design. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke
Conceptual Design. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke

The British Council recently announced that London-based practice Carmody Groarke have been selected to design the UK pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico. The organisers of the international event, which is the largest literary festival in the Spanish speaking world, have chosen the UK to be this year's "Guest of Honour" as part of a bilateral initiative launched to "build, strengthen and celebrate the growing connections" between the two countries.

"Weight, Pride and Creativity" in Daniel Elis Karlsson and Pauline Algeröd's "Bärande Möte"

00:00 - 8 February, 2015
© Daniel Elis Karlsson
© Daniel Elis Karlsson

In the the former shipbuilding city of Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast stands Daniel Ellis Karlsson and Pauine Algeröd's "Bärande Möte," a glass and concrete wind shelter and pavilion.

Concrete beams are suspended in midair by load-bearing glass walls, inverting the traditional structural hierarchy between the two materials and allowing uninterrupted river views. Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion to Debut at the 56th Venice Biennale

00:00 - 29 January, 2015
© Denton Corker Marshall
© Denton Corker Marshall

The first building to be constructed in Venice in the past two decades, Denton Corker Marshall's Australian Pavilion will welcome its first visitors on May 9, as part of the 56th Venice Biennale. 

Move Over, Green Walls: Living Canopy Comes to West Vancouver

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture
Courtesy of Matthew Soules Architecture

Imagine walking beneath an illuminated canopy of lush greenery, in the form of inverted pyramids sculpted to perfection. In early August 2014 visitors were welcomed by this succulent living roof to the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Guests were guided through the fairgrounds beneath the 90-foot long canopy, creating an immersive sensory experience befitting the interdisciplinary creative arts festival. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture and curated by the Museum of West VancouverVermilion Sands was created as a temporary installation for the ten day festival.  

Submerge yourself in Vermilion Sands with photos and more info after the break.

Mirrored Seafront Pavilion Among Seven Installations at Festival Des Architectures Vives

01:00 - 5 August, 2014
NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski
NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski

Each summer, the French cities of Montpellier and La Grande Motte host Le Festival Des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture). These twin festivals seek to raise awareness about architecture among the public, and to give needed exposure to the work of up-and-coming designers. In the process, they also draw attention to previously unknown places in the two cities—in Montpellier, many of the private courtyards in the city are opened to the public specifically for the festival. In La Grande Motte, the exhibition weaves its way through the city center, a site designated as “Heritage of the 20th Century” due to the prevalence of works designed by architect Jean Balladur. This year’s festivals featured a total of 18 temporary installations. Read more about the festivals, and view photos, after the break.

Marion Moustey and Alex Arcens Onde Sensuelle- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski NAS Architecture's Breath Box- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Lea Corba and Nicolas Baudru's Sensualite Invisible- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski Fakir's Sens Dessous Sen Dessous- La Grande Motte. Image © photoarchitecture, Courtesy of Paul Kozlowski +33

Milan Expo 2015: Barn-Inspired Design Unveiled for US Pavilion

00:00 - 1 August, 2014
Courtesy of Biber Architects
Courtesy of Biber Architects

New York-based firm Biber Architects has unveiled its design for the US pavilion - "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" - at the Milan Expo 2015. An airy, barn-inspired structure, the design represents the pavilion’s food-centric theme, focusing on a farm-to-table food model and sustainable production.

Sverre Fehn’s Drawings for Venice's Nordic Pavilion To Be Exhibited in Oslo

00:00 - 16 June, 2014
© Ferruzzi
© Ferruzzi

Norwegian architect and Pritzker Laureate Sverre Fehn’s original drawings for the Nordic Pavilion in Venice are to be presented alongside Ferruzzi’s monochromatic photographs of the building in an exhibition at the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Venice: Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion documents the incredible task undertaken by Fehn who, at the age of thirty-four, won the competition to design the pavilion and subsequently won international acclaim when the building was completed in 1962.

The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster The Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Image © James Taylor-Foster +8

AIRBNB Pavilion Coming to the Venice

00:00 - 19 May, 2014
AIRBNB Pavilion, Hannes Meyer's Co-Op Room, 2014
AIRBNB Pavilion, Hannes Meyer's Co-Op Room, 2014

During this year's Architecture Biennale in Venice, homes rented through AIRBnB (although not the company itself) will host an independently curated pavilion. AIRBnB is a six-year old platform through which home owners can rent out rooms, apartments, and entire houses, allowing "the fortress of the family and the individual" to be infiltrated. The pavilion will take advantage of this "infiltration" and how it reveals "the house, the home and today's life." To learn more, follow @airbnbpavilion on instagram and twitter.

Venice Biennale 2014: Paraguay to Submit Tensile Water Structure

00:00 - 26 April, 2014
Courtesy of Javier Corvalan + Colectivo Aqua Alta
Courtesy of Javier Corvalan + Colectivo Aqua Alta

Paraguay means “water that flows toward the sea” in the language of the country’s indigenous Guarani people. It is no surprise, then, that Paraguay’s entry for the 2014 Venice Biennale uses water as the primary structural member. Titled “Aqua Alta,” the Paraguayan pavilion responds to the Biennale’s focus on modern fundamentals by stating that modern architecture must achieve more with less.

5 Years Later, A Look Back on OMA's Prada Transformer

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of OMA’s Prada Transformer. This fantastical temporary structure, erected in 2009 adjacent to Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, Korea, is one of Rem Koolhaas’ most popular projects to date. Composed of a stark white membrane stretched across four steel frame shapes, The Transformer was often referred to as an "anti-blob" --a hexagon, a rectangle, a cross, and a circle leaning against each other to create a tetrahedron-like object reminiscent of a circus tent.  The name Transformer came from the idea that any one of the pavilion's sides could serve as the building's floor, allowing for four unique spaces in one building devoted to exhibitions of modern art, fashion and design. 

The Prada Transformer played host to four such events, being lifted up and repositioned onto a different face each time via crane. The first was a garment exhibition, displayed using the hexagonal  floor plan.  The second, a film festival that took place on the rectangular floor plan.  A fashion show was staged using the Transformer's circular floor plan, and an art installation was shown using the cruciform floor plan.  As patron Miuccia Prada stated in an interview with The New York Times, “In my mind they [the arts] may be mixed but I want to keep them separate… So the Transformer concept was not for a generic space, but to be very specific, with all things separate in one building.”

We asked OMA's Vincent McIlduff to tell us more about this project. See his answers, a photo gallery and a time-lapse video of the transformation after the break!

Video: design/buildLAB's Reality Check

00:00 - 21 December, 2013

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, Virginia. 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. 

Laureus Learning Pavilion / Architecture BRIO

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO
Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO
  • Architects

  • Location

    Karjat, Maharashtra 410201, India
  • Design Team

    Robert Verrijt, Shefali Balwani, Sahil Deshpande, Pankaj Chakraborty, Ryan Mcloughlin
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO

Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO Courtesy of Ariel Huber + Rob Thomas Photography + Architecture BRIO +29

Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

01:00 - 14 December, 2013
Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng
Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng
  • Architects

    Jike Zhicheng
  • Location

    Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China
  • Collaborate Design

    Tonghe Shanzhi
  • Area

    320.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng +30