The project was designed for a competition called TOGS (Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space) in March of this year, where 200 entries from all over the world were received by the organizers. The temporary architecture installation is an outdoor exhibit which provides prestigious gallery space.
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The flexible pavilion design of SPONGE is designed as a tunnel of wooden frames which can be pulled apart. In this way, the pavilion can change in size according to the need. When the pavilion is closed, it functions as a closed capsule which is protecting the art pieces. By pulling the frames apart, a harmonica shaped transparent PVC foil is unfolding in between; it serves as a light resource and preserves the artwork from outside conditions. In the maximal possible position, there is even enough space for presentations, a small cinema or a vernissage. The ‘outdoor stage’ serves as the entrance of the pavilion, but at the same time as stage, as catwalk or as public furniture.
The design literally stretches the boundaries of work shown indoors and will enhance the outdoor art fair experience by showcasing the synergy between art, architecture and the outdoor surrounding.