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Temporary Home for Walk&Talk Festival / Mezzo Atelier

  • 11:00 - 15 August, 2018
Temporary Home for Walk&Talk Festival / Mezzo Atelier
Temporary Home for Walk&Talk Festival / Mezzo Atelier, © Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira + 47

  • Project Managers

    João Rebelo Costa, João Sousa
  • Production

    João Costa
  • Construction

    João Marreco Carpentry
  • Partners

    SRTOP (Secretaria Regional dos Transportes e Obras Públicas), Ponta Delgada Municipality, Tecnovia, Teatro Micaelense, NOS Açores
  • Client

    Anda&Fala - Associação cultural
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© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

Text description provided by the architects. The pavilion we envisioned for Walk&Talk wants to override borders like the public art festival itself. We have created a completely permeable space that offers a ceiling and the necessary protection for its different functions. As in many of our projects, we start designing with archetypes, which are adapted to the client's requirements and get inspirations of local elements and vernacular architecture.

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

The modular wooden structure started from the idea of building a “house" and borrowed the proportion of the island’s unique pineapple greenhouses to root the project and create a wider and flexible structure. A parallel system of pillars carry the weight of the double shaped pitched roof and fixed the structure’s modularity: a sequence of interlocked portals, much like in a church structure presenting a central higher nave and a peripheral aisle.

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

Imagining a temporary home in an open public space could be read as a manifesto of the ideals that the Festival has been consolidating over its 8 years of existence. The appropriation and revitalization of public space and the interaction with the population where main issues in the project, with the pavilion as the central point of a program that gravitates around it. Functions such as the bar or the cafeteria, where the artists and the staff eat their daily meals, where placed in a public square where everyone could participate and engage with each other.

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

The modular structure has been designed in such a way as to be able to vary in size easily and it splits into two parts, the stage and the main space with a multidisciplinary area, bar and canteen. The stage could be placed in certain positions depending on the type and size of the event taking place, opening more or less to the square and theatre. During the festival, the pavilion hosted many types of events, from workshops to talks; morning brunches to late night concerts or performances.

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

Artists could interact with space in different manners and that made the project richer every time. The wooden structure it's all made with local certified wood, called cryptomeria, a Japanese cedar which was introduced in the islands many years ago. Although it’s a soft wood it relates perfectly with the Azores humid and rainy weather as it’s very porous it “breaths” and easily dries.

© Francisco Nogueira
© Francisco Nogueira

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Cite: "Temporary Home for Walk&Talk Festival / Mezzo Atelier" 15 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/900123/temporary-home-for-walk-and-talk-festival-mezzo-atelier/> ISSN 0719-8884

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