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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Art Pavilion in Salzburg, Austria by SOMA

May 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

The mobile art pavilion will be housed from March 2011 next to the Salzburg Biennale. It will give various cultural institutions a new presence in the city. During the next ten years it will be placed in different locations and used for cultural events. The aim of the design is to create a contemporary design through the innovative pavilion, which can be a self-conscious living showcase for contemporary art production in Salzburg.

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  • Architect: soma
  • Name of Project: Art Pavilion
  • Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • Team: Alex Matl, Johan Tali, Karin Dobbler
  • Static: Bollinger Grohmann Schneider ZT GmbH, Vienna
  • Lighting design in the competition phase: Podpod, Vienna
  • Photography: F.Hafele, soma

The pavilion intends to make  the curious enter the pavilion. Art is a complex cultural process of many participants in a discourse. Art reveals itself not “at first sight” or casual listening, but only arises in the discussion. These properties reflect the mobile art pavilion. By means of stratification of the outcrossing rods to a 3-dimensional structure is produced by simple means a complex structure that changes constantly, depending on the viewer’s point of view and lighting conditions.

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The structure of the pavilion is not directly detectable, but its different manifestations and effects are discovered only in the spatial experience, walking around, entering and using the viewer. The pavilion has no clear form, but a shimmering presence that focuses on our visual perception as an active and creative spatial process.

Interior View

Technical Description:
The Art Pavilion spans 140m ² and has dimensions of at 21/15/7m. It consists of five segments that can be individually placed in the network. The  simplified arch support results from irregularly arranged 2.00m long poles (square hollow section 100/100mm). Several of these sheet-like layers of rods produce intersections with adjacent layers – this results in a strong bond.

Interior open

As air cover and water-bearing layer is a membrane clamped between the sheets which conducts during the day, the shadow maps of the rods in the interior and scattered at night the interior lighting situation and filtered through the bars on the outside. The modular platform base design allows for an individual and flexible use of interior space.

Images Courtesy soma

The structure of the art pavilion was optimized by means of parametric models and genetic algorithms. With a variety of potential solutions, which are by mechanisms such as selection, recombination and mutation rebuilt over many generations, created a target congruence of structural and architectural design, an emergent, taking account of the architectural edge parameters optimal solution structural behavior.

Images Courtesy soma

Construction work (Images Courtesy soma)

Images Courtesy soma

Images Courtesy F.Hafele

Images Courtesy F.Hafele

Images Courtesy F.Hafele

Images Courtesy F.Hafele

Images Courtesy F.Hafele

Construction work (Images Courtesy F.Hafele)

Construction work (Images Courtesy F.Hafele)

Construction work (Images Courtesy F.Hafele)




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