Youturn Pavilion / UNStudio

© UNStudio. Photography by Ding Musa

UNStudio shared their new pavilion for the 29th Art Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil with us. The project is intended to encourage interaction between the participants and visitors by creating a place for display, discussion, and debate. An artistic expression that also functions programmatically, the pavilion embodies the dynamic geometry and spatial qualities common in the firm’s work (to compare, be sure to check out UNStudio’s New Amsterdam Pavilon or the Burnham Pavilion previously featured on AD).

More about the pavilion, including photographs by Ding Musa after the break.

The exhibition includes a total of six ‘terrieros’ which form a circulation route across the display spaces. Visitors “find themselves traveling through spaces of expression, interpretation, and contemplation. These dynamic movements are formalized and transcribed into a design model, which in turn creates a dynamic space through the convergence of path and destination.”

© UNStudio

The Youturn Pavilion examines the contrast between providing a space for solitude as well as a space of interaction by layering geometries to create a simple circle which sits within the more rigid exterior triangle. The centripetal movement and form of the structure wraps and encircles the users from the surrounding biennale, while simultaneously creating a central void; the focal point where all lines, surfaces and viewpoints converge.   Ben van Berkel commented, “We wanted to create an environment in which more can take place than simply experiencing the object itself. The object can then also become a dialogue machine.”

© UNStudio. Photography by Ding Musa

Youturn Pavilion – 29th Art Biennale Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010

© UNStudio
© UNStudio

Client: Fundação Bienal de São Paulo Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Site: Pq. Ibirapuera – Portão 3 – Pavilhão da Bienal, 04094-000 – São Paulo – SP – BRASIL Programme: Pavilion/Installation Credits

Architect: UNStudio, Amsterdam, Netherlands Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Christian Veddeler, Jordan Trachtenberg and Florian Licht

Building and Engineering: p+p, Fuerth, Odenwald, Germany

Subsidy and sponsors: The Netherlands Architecture Fund, Rotterdam The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam Zumtobel Licht GmbH, Lemgo, Germany p+p, Fuerth, Odenwald, Germany

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Youturn Pavilion / UNStudio" 25 Sep 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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