Pavilions: from solid platforms to perched structures_Silvio Carta
From follies into parks to event-hosting in the courtyards of prestigious buildings, pavilions offer a great opportunity for architects to reflect upon the notion of space, visitor experience, and the role of the architectural components in the overall project. This article explores the relationships between pavilions and their anchoring points to the ground. A selection of projects will be used to reflect on different strategies and patterns that seem to emerge from the most recent architectural production. From OMA in Melbourne to Marc Fornes in Astana, this selection will illustrate how the pavilion as typology is evolving, becoming increasingly more dynamic, flexible, and lighter, with plinths, bases, and platforms as key elements of this transition. The pavilion as a single and easily identifiable structure is gradually becoming something more sophisticated, where the spatialities between the elements (roof, walls, and base) acquire a growing importance. This exploration starts with projects that are characterised by a solid base and clear relation to the ground and concludes with pavilions that emerge as the result of the development of a dynamic and continuous forms.
Blurring the Boundaries
Work and Live in the Digital Era
A Place of Work to Live in_Fabrizio Aimar
Nowadays, the largest sources of gains appear to be, on a continually rising level on the world stage, ideas rather than physical items. To that end, and in order to stimulate creativity and “smarter” approaches, psychology works to soften the boundaries between public and private spheres, leisure and work places, as well as stage and backstage areas. Buildings, as “life-containers”, are inevitably involved in the disruptive challenge that the Digital Era offers to contemporary society in each field. Flexibility and domestication of the volumes, combined with playful patterns and greenery elements, both indoor and outdoor, are, thanks to the advent of the Internet, key facts of this epochal change. Modern informatics tools help users to save more money, time and space with “smart” devices, but, by contrast, a never-ending update of these digital tools risks them getting confused about the ends. Privacy also represents a critical point to analyse, with a view to properly defining building programmes according to user preferences and his/her lifestyle.
In closing, we will leave the readers to reflect on the following extract from Zygmunt Bauman’s book, Liquid Modernity: “In a life ruled by the precept of flexibility, life strategies and plans can be but short-term.”