SITBON ARCHITECTES

Glowing Red Grenade Pavilion

sitbon architectes Glowing Red Grenade Pavilion

source:inhabitatcom
Paris’s SITBON ARCHITECTES have won the City Vision PFF Inflatable Architecture competition with their red domed “Grenade” design. Announced at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the competition called for architects from around the world to create an inflatable pavilion that could be easily installed or removed. SITBON’s Grenade infuses culture and art to virtually any area it is transported to, while resembling an ornate pomegranate.

The outside of the Grenade pavilion is made up of bright plastic red “seeds,” orb-like building blocks of varying sizes that decrease in size as the volume builds. Arranged in a 3-dimensional hexagon, the shapes cap off with a hexagon skylight, which filters light into the interior and gives visitors a connection to the sky. When the plastic structure is inflated, the seed cells have a glowing effect, catching exterior light with their translucence.

Inside, the pavilion is naturally ventilated, through open seeds around the perimeter of the upper ceiling. Comfortable red inflatable bean bags for relaxing, art exhibitions, meetings, and community programming can all take place within the pavilion.

Grenade can pop up in virtually any field, park, or even right in the middle of a city, with low cost and easy transport when it is deflated. Inflation time is quick and easy, with minimal anchoring. The red pavilion stays stable in its pop-up spaces by filling the lower seeds with sand, as well as a traditional anchoring system, much like a tent. Combined with the structure’s inflated air pressure, the pavilion is durable and steady.

SITBON’s Grenade is a burst of color that could be inflated anywhere, adding not only an exciting design that would attract visitors, but temporary programming that any community could benefit from.
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source:archellocom
To address the theme of the inflatable mobile Pavilion stresses the city as a dynamic architecture in constant movement. This experimental project from its analogy of the fruit and explosive shell represents the artistic seeds of FARM Cultural Park. At the heart of Sicily, the red Pavilion was raised for three years and “the sharing revolution”, as expressed by the founding couple Bartoli-Saieva, changed the province of Agrigento.

The FARM Pavilion has hence the aim of bringing about art and to promote exchanges between them. It is also a signal, both in color and in its familiar form of hexagon reaching ten meters high. Grenade consists of a double skin and assembling its patchwork canvas of pvc occurs by heat seals. The symmetry of the volume and anchor cables attached to the floor provides its stability and its required balance. It suffices solely an hour and a half to inflate it all with air blown through a turbine of 4.5 kW. Grenade offers a sustainable and innovative vision of shifting architecture.

Beyond the conventional limits, the pavilion crosses the borders of the unknown and of our active intuition. The landscape is transformed by the unexpected, the time of an exposure. A trigger to even better enjoy the moment.