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.
Palenque. Sevilla. Expo-92 in Spain by Arquitectos Ayala
May 25th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arquitectos Ayala
Palenque: a platform, ring, area or the like, used for different forms of entertainment, surrounded by seats for spectators and made with posts or stakes. The definition above is a good one for an entertainment area which is physically, detached from the tirening atmosphere of the Fair. This is a Fair for the XXI century and, therefore the building must be technologically advanced, but at the same time simple in its form and easy and fast to build.
This must be a detachable structure, so all its pieces can be assembled together once a place is found for it to remain longer and with the same purpose. Once the structure is removed from the World Fair grounds, only the surface under it, made of plain stone, and the water sheet will remain.
On a stone base, one meter above the ground, a great diaphanous porch stands. The porch is shaded by the first floor above and the awning in the patio, and the water falling makes the area cooler. This is a good place for the visitors to rest and even enjoy a show and have something to drink while not having to go into the main show area. It could be an entrance to the latter, a promenade area or even a meeting-point.
Above the porch there is a great double height hall, detachable and adaptable to any floor shape, very practical for temporal shows. This half of the building is encloses by metallic sheets, which will possibly be adjustable by computer.The other half of the structure (81 m x 81 m) is a closed, air conditioned space, an auditorium for live shows, projections, laser shows, etc enclosed in a sandwich like structure, made of high quality metal plate.
The versatility of the stage is such that it allows for different arrangements depending on the show being exhibited. Shows that can be partly viewed through the glass partition. Two simultaneous shows, one inside and under cover, the other one outside, in the open air, both of them separated by an opaque partition. When the weather is fine, maybe at Seville nights, the awning can be folded away, so enlarging the stage, with the starry night as its background; spectators can be arranged in all possible ways: sitting in tiers, or standing in the porch around small refreshment booths, or standing in the patio, or looking out of the veranda.
On top, an open air bar crowns the building, overlooks the city skyline embraced by the river, its towers and reflections, the last memory or the first glance the sailors took.The outer structure, made of white plate, contrasts with the stainless steel handrails and cables.We are reminded of Asplundh’s comment on the hall pavilion at the Stockholm World Fair in 1930: “Rather than just a building, this is a festive and advertising structure, enhanced by colorful flags during the day time and by the lights during the night”
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