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Temporary Wooden Pavillion that Push Timber to the Limits


Temporary pavilions belong to a hybrid typology that fluctuates between art and architecture and keeps up with the ever-changing building trends. Thanks to their short life span and small scale, short-lived structures have become vehicles for testing out new ideas and progressive building technologies — playgrounds for architects to build architectural prototypes unburdened by high construction costs and long-term social, cultural, and economic impacts on the environment.

As a renewable building material whose versatility allows for complex spatial experimentation, wood seems to be the material of the moment. New products such as Cross Laminated Timber and Glulam are changing the face of construction by contributing to a wider range of timber-based solutions. Whether loosely bound in aggregate systems, or utilized to mimic the performative capacities of living organisms, wood allows for a multifaceted and exciting exploration of the material, structural, and experiential properties of spaces.

Two example of temporary pavilions that will reshape your idea of what wood can do.


Images via E/B Office

Seat Pavilion by E/B Office, 2012, Atlanta, US

Sequentially attached wooden chairs, connected using simple lag bolts, clam and crews, create a flowing configuration stabilized by transferring shear forces through the entire structure. The complex vortex rising from the ground transforms a simple piece of furniture into a structural and spatial element, questioning the way we perceive the seemingly common activity of sitting.


The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman, 2013, Cleveland, US

This nest-shaped temporary installation comprises 10,000 boards, held in place by wooden armatures, steel cables, and 40,000 nails. The structure uses locally sourced wood to convey its symbolic quality and the idea of growth through knowledge. It was built by a team of five people in only 10 days.

There is eight more pictures from other wooden art works…For more click here

Original Article by Lidija Grozdanic.

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