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.
Spanish Pavilion for Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain by Francisco Mangado
April 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Francisco Mangado
The desire to reproduce the space of a forest, or of a group of bamboos on a layer of water, has formed the subconscious basis of the project. On the one hand there is the creation of a… building mechanism? able to generate extraordinary possibilities from the point of view of energy logic and environmental awareness, an essential and symbolic aspect for the future Spanish Pavilion at the International Exposition of Zaragoza. But on the other hand, and this is very important, one of the most attractive spaces one may encounter, both in terms of matter and light, is transferred to the field of architecture. Changing spaces, full of hints and nuances, in which concepts such as verticality and depth play an essential role.
Is the artificial reproduction of a natural process possible? In this case, the geometric strength of the metaphor performs in our favor, and the image suggested gives the proposal a symbolic charge that is necessary in the case of a pavilion, that of Spain to be precise, for a world expo. The metaphorical allusion, in which water is present through the landscape of reference, is strong and clear.
The criteria that have guided and inspired the construction of the pavilion, in keeping with what has already been mentioned, are in a certain way some that were already present in the project itself. The choice of modest materials (terra-cotta, cork…) in an attempt to turn the pavilion into built formal expression of an adequate relationship between means and ends, and using this relationship as the basis that can and must lead the objective of achieving that maximum degree of meaning and representation befitting the host country, Spain, have been without a doubt essential in the development of the whole process.
These aspects have been present throughout, from the first stages, more conceptual and ideological, to the execution of every single detail. Aiming to endow the pavilion with a certain independence from the immediate context, a context determined by the Expo itself and that is always ready to take advantage of the tight deadlines of these events in terms of economic opportunism, have defined a project and its details by encouraging to follow a very dry, meccano-like construction with elements that can be built and moved from any given place, thus guaranteeing the aforementioned independence and a faster construction.
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