A Pavilion made completely from cork, for the Amorim Isolamentos Lda. The pavilion was to highlight the ability to use cork as a form of building material during the Concreta 2013, in Exponor Porto.

Arch2o-Corked Pavilion Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira, Emmanuel Novo (18)

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The main driving force of the pavilion was the properties of the cork material. Giving the floors and walls, certain softness with a smooth finish. Other things that where included was the various arch needed and the distance they needed to span, and doing so with only the cork. Also its acoustical optimization property where taken into consideration, which is due to the softness of the material.

 Arch2o-Corked Pavilion Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira, Emmanuel Novo (1)

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Within the structure, the arches create a tunnel that accommodates seating and an exhibition space. The space gives the impression of the user being in a different environment, done by the use of lighting, sounds, and also smell and touch.

 Arch2o-Corked Pavilion Pedro de Azambuja Varela, Maria João de Oliveira, Emmanuel Novo (10)

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The external is designed in a way to allow for areas of rest. These take on the form of a wave adding a declining slop to the external space. Grass is also grown on the cork is self, giving evidence to it’s agricultural properties.

By Shanaire Blythe

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