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Verónica Arcos Designs Pop Up Radio for GAM Cultural Center in Santiago

Verónica Arcos Designs Pop Up Radio for GAM Cultural Center in Santiago
Verónica Arcos Designs Pop Up Radio for GAM Cultural Center in Santiago, © Daniel Ortiz
© Daniel Ortiz

Chilean architect Verónica Arcos has been invited to design a modular wood studio that was installed in the central courtyard of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center. The show was part of the Red Bull Radio Pop Up Santiago, a radio event that broadcasts eight hours a day of live conversation, musical selections and live shows in the search to spread what is now known as Chilean musical identity.

© Paloma Palomino
© Paloma Palomino

From the architects: The proposal consists of a pavilion that housed a radio and recording studio for the transmission of www.redbullradio.com during a week.

© Paloma Palomino
© Paloma Palomino

The geometry of the pavilion responds to both acoustic, diffusion and visibility requirements. It is a volume of 6 x 4m with its rounded corners. It has four double walls on its straight sides. On these are mounted the beams that structure the roof, which is flat.

© Paloma Palomino
© Paloma Palomino

Its interior walls have different degrees of roughness that absorb the sound avoiding the echo. One of the long walls has a pattern of horizontal lines in low relief showing the strata of the tertiary, the shorter wall has the logo of Red Bull also in low relief. And the most complex long wall consists of a rig made of wooden blocks, organized in a complex configuration that forms a geometric pattern. One of the exterior walls uses the same configuration. Both are retro illuminated, to generate games of lights and shadows, allowing to visualize the pavilion at a distance. 

 Assembly. Image © Daniel Ortiz
Assembly. Image © Daniel Ortiz

Wood is chosen because it is a material commonly used in Chilean architecture, specifically pine - the cheapest and most common local wood. At the same time, it has an optimal acoustic performance, which is why it is normally used in recording studios. 

© Daniel Ortiz
© Daniel Ortiz

On the other hand, the form in plan, without edges responds to acoustic requirements, the curves in the corners of the pavilion avoid that the sound is encased.

© Verónica Arcos
© Verónica Arcos

The rustic appearance of the wood, in combination with a complex configuration, gives a contrast that brings into play local features, with a sophisticated geometry, working with a constructive system that responds to the acoustic requirements of the project, at the same time it has an ornamental character.

Project's name: Pabellón Red Bull Radio Pop Up Santiago
Architect: Verónica Arcos
Web: www.veronicaarcos.cl
E-mail: info@veronicaarcos.cl
Location: GAM, Santiago
Year: 2017
Builded surface: 24 (m2)
Photographer / web: Paloma Palomino
Clients: Fauna Producciones / Red Bull
Manufacturing, development and assembly: N.O.T
Collaborating Architect: Pablo Banda
Suppliers: Brainworks ( furniture), LP (beams), Maderas Tarapacá, Madera Imperial

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Cite: Amaro, Fernanda. "Verónica Arcos Designs Pop Up Radio for GAM Cultural Center in Santiago" [Verónica Arcos diseña Radio Pop Up para Centro Cultural GAM en Santiago] 07 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/884733/veronica-arcos-designs-pop-up-radio-for-gam-cultural-center-in-santiago/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Daniel Ortiz

GAM 文化中心“浮雕”演播室 / Verónica Arcos

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