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

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

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in , 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.

The Courtyard House Plugin / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: Chamber of Commerce of Dashilar Liulichang of Xicheng District, Beijing, Xicheng, Beijing, , 100000
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

Juxing Tower Showroom / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: , Shanxi,
Principal: Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
Design Team: Yang bin, Lian junqin
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: , Shanxi Province,
Principal: Hezhe, James Shen, Zangfeng
Project Team: Zhang minghui, Liu xiujuan, Jennifer Tran
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

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

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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 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.

21 Cake Headquarters / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office (He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng)
Location: Legend Town Creative Industry Park, Ciyunsi Bridge, Chaoyang District,
Design Team: Liu Xiujuan, Liang Shaoyi, Chen Yixuan, Emily Kwak, Cui Yujing
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office