Cicada Pavilion

Ever imagined that what would it be like to walk inside a cicada? Designed by Tomás amat estudio, the Cicada pavilion surely actualizes this experience, with a touch of vibrancy and swerve. Located in the 800 m exterior space of a former tobacco factory in Alicante, Spain, this huge morphogenetic permanent installation, built from contrasting materials, acts as a cultural magnet.  Across an area of 250 sq. meters (25 x 10 m), the cicada serves as a bar, kiosk and a restaurant.

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

The form of the pavilion is an abstract version of cicada, dissevered into three spaces. Resembling the head, body and tail of the insect, the functions of the spaces have been allotted as per the program requirements. Each entity performs in autonomy, still maintaining the homogeneity of the whole.

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

The installation intends to culturally pull crowd from the city, by creating a new spot in an old peaceable context- much of a literal expression of how an insect adapts to its environment.

We made an adjustment to the space in which we live. An insect adapted to the environment, one conceived and designed specifically for The Cigar piece, which is not a space to use. It was not to make a normal cafe, but an exceptional work that would link with the cultural environment that surrounds“.

-Pablo Belda, Project Architect.

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

The head of the cicada, actually translates into a rigid geometric structure containing working spaces and storage. So the warehouse, kitchen, bar, cold storage and the customer service areas function as the regulatory component. The central portion, or the body of the cicada contains living spaces for winters. This part is made transparent by the use of glass and steel, in a modular fashion. Lastly, the tail is an undulating setup of wood crocheting, designed by the artist Manolo Garcia.

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

Courtesy of Tomás amat estudio – Photography: David Fruto

By: Khushboo Vyas

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