Top 10 Pavilions, the limits of experimental architecture

Pavilions in architecture are, by definition, elements of study. The research of structures, where Architecture offices from different countries of the world try to find new ways of housing, of traveling and of using space.

Pavilions are prototype buildings, destinated to a function, determined or not, but whose main objetctive is innovation in any of the architecture and design themes.. The materiality, the light, or the constructive system are, in general, the favorite areas, always taking into account the interaction with the user.

Today in More With Less we bring 10 of the pavilions that for some of these reasons are worth remembering and recovering.

Arper Booth, designed by MAIO for the Salone del Mobile Milano

Last May it took place the fifteenth edition of the Salone del Mobile of Milano, the leading international furnishing and design fair. On this occasion, there was a booth that stood out in particular within the stands that configured the fair. In fact, it has recently earned the Iconic Award 2017 “Best of best” in the Architecture category, whose ceremony was held last week. We are talking about the Arper Booth; a display stand designed by the Spanish architecture firm MAIO, in collaboration with Jeannette Altherr, for the Italian furniture brand.



Pavilion of the Originis, a green retreat in the middle of the city

Hanoi is one of the most air polluted cities in the world. The high traffic volumes along with industrial activities have caused that, the last year, the PM2.5 particulate level recorded was seven times higher than the permissible level set by the World Health Organisation. In this context is where the Pavilion of the Origins appears. An architecture intervention aimed to house plants that will purify the air while reconciling human beings with nature.


Landesgartenschau and its innovative wooden structure

This double-domed pavilion is the first building to have a structure entirely made out of wodden panels created by robots. This building is the Landesgartenschau Exhibition Halllocated in Germany and is made from 243 plates of plywood created using robotic. Each one of this plates have a unique size and shape designed to fit well together and to transmit the forces as digitally calculated and designed. The plates thickness is around 50 milimeters and when they work together they create a shell that needs no additional support.



Writing Pavilion by Architensions

Creativity often needs a place to feel isolated, a personal space to get away from the hectic pace of the city and let the imagination fly. With that in mind, Architensions -the New York based architecture and urban design studio dedicated to explore the relationship between architecture and social development in contemporary cities- have created Writing Pavilion, a haven of peace to get inspired annexed to the house of an art involved couple.


Xylophone Pavilion, creating music as we play

The London Festival of Architecture is always a great event to discover new architecture studios and their ephemeral installations. This year, London Architecture studio pH+ has designed Xylophone Pavilion, a temporary structure whose walls are covered in copper pipes, allowing the building to act as a huge xylophone.


Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by Selgascano

Spanish architecture studio Selgascano has designed the Serpentine Pavilion for the Serpentine Galleries 15th anniversary. Since it was launched in 2000, the Serpentine Pavilionhas become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world’s greatest architects, and is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.


3 Pavilions Parc Lagravère , mimesis and dialogue facing Seine River

3 Pavilions Parc Lagravère  are a set of building installation of 40m2, whose objective is to provide particular services to the park bearing its name. Located right across the Seine river in Colombres city, France, the architecture office H20 architects, is carrying out its construction.


Cabotte, a wine-tasting pavilion in France by H2O architects

Cabotte, designed by H2O architects, is a living reminder of the wine culture. This wine-tasting pavilion hides in Mondragon fields, in south France. With a look into the past, architects replace the dry stone of the classical Cabotte by wood. An untreated larch wood lasting and solid, macerating on the hill.


Slow Food Pavilion: sustainable food and architecture for Milan Expo 2015

After they walked off the masterplan project of the Milan Expo 2015, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron didn´t think they would be invited back as designers of Slow Food pavilion, an exhibition space for the brand which promotes regional gastronomy and a slow pace of life. Far from being surprised, they took advantage to show what the Expo could have been under their direction: a series of simple and cheap structures, easy to assemble to focus only on the exhibition.



Fellows Pavilion, study spaces at the American Academy in Berlin

The American Academy in Berlin founded in 1994, is a fellowship center for American scholars, writers, policymakers, and artists. The academy is located in the Hans Arnhold Center, a 19th-century villa on a large parcel of land directly on the Wannsee. The success of the Academy’s program has led to a dearth of available space, so plans for a garden pavilion called “Fellow Pavilion” were initiated to provide more study space for resident fellows. In the garden where the pavilion is located there is a sculpture by Georg Kolbe, which reminds us “Der Morgen” also by Kolbe at Mies van der Rohe‘s Barcelona Pavilion.