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Temporary Pavilion, Archivo, Mexico City

Temporary Pavilion, Archivo, Mexico City

Rubik Snake

Rubik Snake

Client: Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura
Status: Competition
Team: Shaun Morris, Lefteris Theodosis

View from the Gallery

View from the Gallery

The “Gusanito” reinterprets this “multi-layered modernity” in a playful Pavilion consisted of two modular structures: the exterior shell dubbed the cloud, and a worm-like element designed to cover the necessary programmatic needs. While the cloud is conceived as a static, white space, free of constraints, the worm resembles a colorful kinetic structure that unfolds in the perimeter of the garden and carves in the cloud. As if a pen’s stroke, the worm traces a promenade from the garden’s entrance to the spiral ramp, and makes up resting spaces, benches or the bar’s counter.

Plan Diagrams

Plan Diagrams

Schematically, the Pavilion comprises three main zones, namely a central space with a skylight, the cafeteria-bar, a lounge area, and a storage room for workshop material and furnishing.

The main space could host conferences, artistic performances, or galas, while it could be complemented with a projection screen for Pecha Kucha presentations, or football games for the locals to watch. The cloud totals 87 m2.

The perimeter of the cloud is informed by the vegetation at the perimeter of the garden. Once inside, through wide openings, one is always aware of the true garden enclosure and vegetation around. From the outside these undulations seemingly tuned to the plantings, is made to reflect and amplify the qualities of the garden. The result is a dissappearing act par excellence.

Sections

Sections

As if a pen’s stroke, the worm traces a promenade from the garden’s entrance to the spiral ramp, and makes up resting spaces, benches or the bar’s counter.

 

Night View

Night View

The lighting design proposal employs linear fluorescents embedded in the cloud’s shellskin. Technically, the lamps are introduced in selected sockets, which are closed both sides with translucent polycarbonate sheets. By that means, the interior space of the cloud is smoothly bathed in a diffused light that at the same time is proper for the activities of the Pavilion. The intensity of these lamps can be perfectly controlled, individually or in groups, by installation devices and adjustable timing relays like a mini PLD (Programmable Logic Device), for a dynamic outcome. All in all, the use of light transforms this temporary structure in a vibrant and dynamic element: during the day, the natural light casts geometrical shadows in the interior of the Pavilion and the projected mesh shifts along the sun’s trajectory. During the night, from the exterior standpoint of view, the shell-skin disappears, and the cloud gets a radiant and ethereal presence in the Archivo’s garden.

Axon Diagram

Axon Diagram

Poly-carbonite sheets protect people and installations below while allowing only diffuse sunlight for a glowing interior. “Uveline’ Metal panela, vertical orientation, polished or chrome surface application to achieve high reflectivity. Milled MDF sheets spliced and assembled into a 2-way self supporting structure.

Worm Modul Detail

Worm Modul Detail

The worm is constructed by MDF pyramidal modules that interlock in self-bearing structures. Every module – like Rubik’s puzzle – consists of: a 41×58 base, two 41×41 rectangles, and two right triangles (41x41x58). The original 1,22 x 2,44 MDF panel is divided in aliquot parts. In that way, prime material waste is reduced.

Interior View

Interior View

The cloud and the worm – that is, the spatial envelope and the equipment – complement each other in a polyvalent space able to accommodate both public events, such as conferences, presentations, gala, etc., and informal meetings, such as peer-to-peer conversations or workshops for the neighbors. In that way, the “Gusanito” aims to insert in the Archivo’s small scale garden, communal and everyday intimate spaces.

 

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