This pavilion with its unique layout and peeled spaces examines the possibility of creating areas of solitude along with opportunities of interaction. It marries the rigid outer triangle with softer circles. Ben van Berkel commented, “We wanted to create an environment in which more can take place than simply experiencing the object itself. The object can then also become a dialogue machine. More details from the architect below.
UNStudio’s Youturn Pavilion is one of six ‘terreiros’ created for the 29th Art Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2010. Located at the heart of the biennale, the pavilion operates primarily as a venue. Programmatically the pavilion invites the public to meet, orientate and observe. It provokes interaction between both participants and visitors to the biennale, creating a place for display, discussion, and debate. The UNStudio Pavilion places itself between artwork, installation and architecture. The Youturn Pavilion forms the ‘I am the street’ terreiro, one of six conceptual groupings of integrated curatorial spaces at the biennale. Events which occur within the space can range from intimate discussions to large group presentations.
Architect: UNStudio, Amsterdam, Netherlands Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Christian Veddeler, Jordan Trachtenberg and Florian Licht
Building and Engineering: p+p, Fuerth, Odenwald, Germany
Subsidy and sponsors: The Netherlands Architecture Fund, Rotterdam The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam Zumtobel Licht GmbH, Lemgo, Germany p+p, Fuerth, Odenwald, Germany.
Courtesy of UNstudios