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Pavilion by Visiontrick Media.

“ Pavilion, the fourth-person puzzling adventure, throws you directly into its mysterious world without any text tutorials or beginning explanations. A puzzle game portrayed through exploration and audio-visual imagery. ”


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A Platonic Oasis in the Desert

For the Sharjah Biennial 11 in the United Arab Emirates, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen devised a set of “garden pavilions"—a project dubbed “Oasis”—for the event’s three main venues. Perfectly square in plan, dotted with palm trees at precise intervals, and sheathed with an ephemeral wall of gauze-like screens, the pavilions reflect OFFICE’s interest in creating “literal architecture” through “direct and precise spatial proposals.” With their emphasis on effect, tectonics, and experience over program and rhetoric, OFFICE seeks to explore “phenomenological experience”—personal and sensory—as a basic function of form and space. The firm joins over 100 other architects, artists, and designers being represented at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in October. 

Finsbury Circus | Duggan Morris Architects
Location:
London, England, UK

- Duggan Morris Architects have been selected by Crossrail and The City of London to develop proposals for a new cafe pavilion in the heart of Finsbury Circus. Part of the site contains a significant functioning access shaft serving the construction of Crossrail. Working in collaboration with Tom Stuart-Smith who is developing a new landscape scheme, the project is currently at a feasibility stage to include site analysis and the exploration of programmatic typologies which best respond to this important central London green space.

How to Build at Farm at a Museum: WORKac’s P.F.1 at PS1

Before MoMA PS1′s courtyard held Andrés Jaque’s COSMO, it played host to P.F.1 (Public Farm One) by WORKac. The New York-based firm won the prestigious Young Architects Program in 2008 with an urban farm concept that evokes the look of a flying carpet in the midst of landing. Constructed from large cardboard tubes, its top surface became a working farm, blooming with a variety of vegetables and plants. Acting as an interactive bridge between outside and inside, P.F.1 created multiple zones of activity, including swings, fans, sound effects, seating areas, and a pool at its center. At the end of the summer, its inexpensive components were broken down and fully recycled. Both Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation and WORKac will be participating in the Chicago Architecture Biennial this October. 

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Announcing the Chicago Architecture Biennial School Lakefront Kiosks and Competition Winner

As part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, four new kiosks are being designed to be permanently installed on Chicago’s lakefront: one, decided through an international competition, and the other three, created through collaborations between local architecture programs and internationally-renowned architects. Today, we are excited to share designs for the three commissioned kiosks and the winning competition entry, along with honorable mentions and finalists. To see all the submissions, visit our Pinterest page at pinterest.com/ChicagoBiennial. (Images, from top left: Honorable Mentions — Guillaume Mazars; fala atelier; Winner — Ultramoderne; kollektiv-a; Finalists — Kelley, Palider, Paros; Lekker; TRU Architects; School Kiosks — Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + IIT; NLÉ + SAIC; Paul Preissner Architects / Independent Architecture + UIC)

Lakefront Kiosk Competition Winner: Ultramoderne

Rhode Island-based design firm Ultramoderne will receive a $10,000 honorarium and BP will contribute an additional $75,000 toward construction of the multi-purpose structure near the Chicago lakefront. Titled “Chicago Horizon,” Ultramoderne’s design uses cross-laminated timber, a new carbon-negative engineered lumber product, to create an expansive canopy supported by a series of slender columns. When ultimately placed at its permanent location along Lake Michigan in the Spring of 2016, the kiosk will house a food and beverage vendor, provide shelter and create a new public space along the lakefront. Ultramoderne’s kiosk will be on display at Millennium Park during the Biennial, which opens October 1.

School Lakefront Kiosks

THE CENT PAVILION, designed by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology, is a forty-foot tower meant to convey silent and convoluted simplicity. It repeats the same angled design over and over, resulting in an opaque monolith. When its commercial function ceases at the summer’s end, the kiosk will complement the verticality of Chicago’s iconic skyline year-round. 

ROCK, the kiosk designed by Kunlé Adeyemi in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a pop-up pavilion—a public sculpture—composed from the raw and historic limestone blocks that once protected the city’s shoreline. Sited at Montrose Beach, the kiosk is conceived as an ‘infrastructure box’ consisting of materials and technologies that are found at or belong to the local environment. The composition’s resilient limestone and concrete elements can be uniquely assembled each time to suit different locations, vendors and uses along the lakefront: by providing shelter while contributing to the shoreline protection. 

SUMMER VAULT, designed by Paul Andersen of Independent Architecture and Paul Preissner of Paul Preissner Architects, in collaboration with the University of Illinois, Chicago, is a lakefront kiosk that accommodates a lot of things. It consists of basic geometric shapes—a 12-foot diameter barrel vault, a parallelogram, triangles—combined to create a curious, freestanding hangout within the park. The interior of the skewed vault is divided into two triangular spaces—one enclosed by expanded metal screens and doors, and one open to the air but still within the vaulting. This two part plan allows for commerce and community to occur simultaneously. 

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Design With Co Turns Vancouver’s Robson Square Into a Colorful Back Porch for the Whole City

Chicago architects Design With Company won this year’s Robson Redux Competition, which asks architects to design a temporary public space in the city center. Creating an unlikely assembly of semi-domestic spaces, Design With Company’s “Porch Parade” gives Vancouverites a series of interconnected, shady spots to slow down and watch the flow of urban life. When the pavilion is disassembled, these pieces will be used by the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity as elements for new homes. Design With Company will follow this summer’s installation with another design for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall.