Driven by an idea of movement and transience, the architectural elements of PopUp arose from movement on and around the site as well as the need to minimize its impact on the site as a temporary structure. The Pavilion’s relationship to the site and its movement was a generative force in deciding its architectural elements, overall form, materiality, and programmatic organization.
Our proposed PopUp pavilion can be rapidly deployed and moved on the site. A raised platform acts as a base, and can be constructed as a series of prefabricated modules which accommodate programmatic functions. Inspired by “Pop-Up” cards, the platform anchors lightweight arrays of locking hinged frames whose formal composition arises through the motion of being raised from a flattened, stackable position. The structural system is sheathed by a lightweight translucent fabric from the starting position, then raised and locked into place as a single unit.
The materiality of PopUp seeks to capture and reflect the character of the site. Its overall forms created by the pop-up structural systems are complimented by a sail-like skin which is translucent and perforated, allowing cool breezes to move throughout the structure while maintaining shade. The patterns of the perforations in conjunction with the staggering of structural members to imply curvature works to create a tessellation and a constantly shifting visual reading of the façade throughout the day.
The overall form of the design and its orientation on the site were a response to the urban context of the site. The cross-shaped form of the pavilion is aligned as an intersection of four main access points to the site. The point of intersection in the pavilion, conceived as an open garden space, is meant to act as a moment of repose amidst the strong sense of movement inherent to the site. In addition, this intersection is intended to break down the experience of the pavilion as a series of programmatic events rather than as a single object on the site. The resulting pockets of open space on the site surrounding it each take on a character unique to the programmatic arrangement of the spaces.
In conclusion, the Popup Pavilion is a fresh look of how temporary architecture can be conceived. Not only does it create versatile spaces that are mobile, it can also easily adapt to any site specific condition, scale, and program.