Photographer Stefan Tuchila recently shared with us his images of the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects. Designed for Chanel the pavilion traveled all over the world, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York until reaching it's final stop at L'Institut du Monde Araba in Paris. Materials for the pavilion include: a façade constructed from fibre re-inforced plastic, the roof PVC, ETFE roof lights, the primary structure was created from 74t steel and has over 1752 different steel connections, and the secondary structure consists of aluminium extrusions. The form of the 700 sqm Chanel Pavilion is a celebration of the iconic work of Chanel, unmistakeable for its smooth layering of exquisite details that together create an elegant, cohesive whole. The resulting functional, and versatile architectural structure of the Pavilion is a series of continuous arch shaped elements, with a courtyard in its central space. Artificial light behind the translucent ceiling washes the walls to emphasize the ‘arched’ structure, and assists in the creation of a new artificial landscape for art installations. A large roof light opening dramatically floods the entrance in daylight to blur the relationship between interior and exterior. In addition to the lighting and color effects, the spatial rhythm created by the seams of each segment gives strong perspective views throughout the interior.
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