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Temporary music hall by Zaha Hadid Architects; photo by Joel Chester Fildes

From huge temporary stadia to tiny transitory event spaces, pop-up architecture fulfils many roles and comes in many guises. In some cases the very latest technologies are used to engineer complex structures, while in others a readymade approach using scavenged materials is more appropriate. Architonic examines some key pop-up projects that are designed to make the most of their short lifespans. (by Alyn Griffiths)


read the ‘Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture’ article in full on Architonic

The Wahaca Southbank Experiment by Softroom Architects and a mural by Tristan Manco; photo by Joseph Burns

Eight recycled shipping containers have been converted into a new pop-up branch of London’s popular Mexican eatery, Wahaca, by the London-based practice Softroom Architects. The brightly-coloured, riverfront structure was erected on Southbank, right in front of the contrastingly monolithic Queen Elizabeth Hall, to coincide with the Southbank Centre’s summer-long Festival of the World. Boasting a dining area spacious enough to accommodate 130 guests, the Wahaca Southbank Experiment will remain open until at least January 2014. (more…)

Close-up of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei; photo © Iwan Baan

Following their iconic National Stadium conceived for Beijing’s Summer Olympics 2008, the acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron and the ubiquitous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have joined their creative forces once again, this time designing the recently-opened Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Featuring a sky-reflecting floating roof suspended 1.4 metres above ground, the cork-clad Pavilion features eleven columns representative of all previous Pavilions commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery to date. Watch the Pavilion captured on film in the video below. (more…)

Wed 29.6.

The Cube by Park Associati (IT)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 29.06.2011 - Tagged as: , , ,

The Cube by Park Associati

There are few restaurants whose unexpected location and spectacular views could rival with those of the recently completed temporary pavilion-cum-restaurant ‘Cube’. Commissioned by Electrolux and designed by the Milanese practice Park Associati, ‘The Cube’ can accommodate up to 18 diners within its 140-square-meter open-plan adaptable interior which encompasses ‘a visible kitchen and a single large table that can be made to disappear by raising it up to the ceiling to form a lounge area for use after eating.’ (more…)

'Generator' installation at the Venice Biennale by raumlabor

Our friends from raumlabor berlin just sent us images of the second installation they created for this year’s Biennale in Venice. ‘Generator’ is an experimental interative building laboratory for instant, participatory building practices in public space. Built up of self-made wooden chairs the structure is slowly spreading over the Giardini.


GRID art installation

The super flexible modular system GRID, devised by the founder of Danish furniture firm Montana, has been developed and optimised over several years.


'Kitchen Monument' by raumlabor berlin

The Berlin based architectural collective raumlabor traveled with its ‘Kitchen Monument’ to Venice to provide some space for various events, discussions and talks during the opening days of this year’s Biennale. ‘Kitchen Monument’ is a collaboration of raumlabor and Plastique Fantastique – Berlin based specialists for pneumatic structures.


'Free Entrance' by osa

Summer break – the vanguard Berlin theatre Volksbühne closed its doors barricating the iconic limestone facade with five additional columns. The international architectural collective osa – office for subversive architecture realised this meaningful temporary installation on the front of the historical building.

Planned and built in 1913 by the German architect Oskar Kaufmann the Berlin Volksbühne became one of the first political theatres under the management of the famous artistic director Erwin Piscator in the 1920s. Today the provocative stagings of directors such as René Pollesch, Christoph Schlingensief or Frank Castorf still grab the headlines and are definitely worth a visit!

16 July – 28 August 2010, Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin