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.
PA-MX in Mexico by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
December 24th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos
PA-MX (Mexican Art Pavilion) emerged from the desire of the renowned artist Rivelino to produce a traveling installation that makes possible to exhibit his work in a number of European cities, before converting it into a container for future traveling exhibitions within Mexico.
With its urban and itinerant nature, the pavilion avails of the inherent strength and connection between the viewer and the work. It is presented as a cultural item with its own architectural identity without intending to compete with its content. It expresses a language fitting for the Mexican architecture of today.
The driving idea behind the project is “the infinite,” with the intention of taking up a significant characteristic of the artist: the conjunction of past and present and their interaction with possible future scenarios linking human beings and society.
Infinity as a symbol, with its beauty and harmony, as well its manner of suggesting a route around the exhibition, and as both a closed but accessible element. The volumetry of the pavilion is based on the form of the infinity symbol, with two points of support which in their formal integrity imbue the public space with tranquility.
In Rivelino’s works, clear connections are expressed with mathematics, engineering, and architecture through the strengths of the different materials. Taking up this reasoning its construction, is formed from jointed timber frames that express a logic of craftsmanship. These frames are linked by post-tensioned steel tubes. The enclosure, part solid and part transparent, twists with the form, transforming the floor into the wall and vice-versa. This dual nature of the materials permits great freedom for the exhibitions the pavilion will host: the solid walls function as a background to the works, while the transparent walls allow the entry of natural light and the projection of art installations.
On the outside, these two membranes allow the pavilion to respond to its context, camouflaging itself with the solid faces, which have an external mirror-like metallic finish, while the transparent faces give the appearance of an illuminated lighthouse. These enclosures become canvases for exhibitions.
The physical requirements of this work of ephemeral architecture are modularity, pre-fabrication, and security. Its modular form means it is versatile, with a floor area that can be adjusted from 700 m² to 1,000 m² to suit the dimensions of its site. Pre-fabricated elements mean that it can be mounted and dismounted, transported, and stored multiple times. Finally, security enables it to meet the most demanding regulations of the locations the pavilion is set up.
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