Recall Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Aluminium Foil Pavilion Design Project – This incredible design project was one of the biggest highlights from China International Furniture Fair 2019. Created by the renowned Portuguese architect this aluminium-foil pavilion hosted a sequence of white geometric galleries. Find out more about this inspiring design project here!
Álvaro Siza Vieira won the Pritzker Prize in 1992, is a Portuguese architect known for his sculptural buildings, described as “poetic modernism”. He began his architecture career in 1954 and has designed buildings in several European and South American countries, as well as in Korea and China.
With this creative design, Álvaro Siza Vieira wanted to evoke a series of inverted courtyards, the 715-metre-square Siza Pavilion is accessed by seven different entrances around its edges, which each lead into one of the minimal white rooms inside. This creative design project was commissioned by Camerich to exhibit an array of the international furniture brand‘s products at the 44th edition of the China International Furniture Fair.
Álvaro Siza Vieira Pavilion design project is composed of a series of volumes that each measure 4.8-metres in height, but all differ in size and shape to resemble a sequence of inverted courtyards. Inspired by Pritzker Prize-winning Siza’s recent visit to the The Hufeisensiedlung housing estate, or “Horseshoe Estate”, in Berlin, this sculptural form is a reference to traditional Chinese architecture that often incorporates courtyards.
Although the outside perspective is a psychedelic exterior is built from aluminum foils that wrap around giant cushioned panels made from mineral wool, inside Álvaro Siza Vieira designed a sequence of bright spaces inside the pavilion with the goal to be the perfect backdrop to the Camerich furniture designs. This design project is complemented by minimal wooden display cases showing material samples, drawings and a scale model of the pavilion.
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