The futuristic mirror covered structure was designed as the main hub for the biannual media and arts festival Get It Louder to host lectures, screenings and exhibitions by international artists.
Built in just six days, the construction was temporary and dismantled after the exhibition but only to be moved to China for the second part of the festival. Intriguing in every way, the futuristic mirror covered pavilion impresses through its fluid form and the mirroring, purple colored exterior. The outer shell was made out of thousands of mirror panels, tinted in different directions to take the shape of the building. Together they create strange but amazing reflections that attract people and make this project unique and challenging. The reflections are blurry due to the fact that each piece of this immense mirror reflects a different image and creates a different effect. However, this gesture is one of the most interesting features of the project and enhances the presence of the building.
The overall image of the building is in a strong relationship with the environment it is placed in; here it reflects the surrounding skyscrapers but in an open field it would reflect nothing else but the sky and the clouds. What would that look like? There is yet another feature to the exterior skin of the building; each individual piece is enabled to rotation, only being attached by its top. When windy outside, each panel would move independently from each other creating a very dynamic picture. At the same time, light and air are able to penetrate the interior and connect it to the exterior, creating a strong relationship between the two.
More details from the architects:
„SO – IL conceived the “Flockr” pavilion as a structure that responds to its environment while also creating a sense of place through its basic form. Covered with thousands of tinted mirrored panels, the skin reflects its surroundings and makes the changing contexts of this temporary and mobile installation—the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai— an integral part of its expression. In SO-IL’s experimental façade, only the top of each panel is attached to the structure, allowing the individual pieces to respond to wind and creating a kinetic skin that is permeable by light and air. The pavilion’s structure is made out of 56 thin, flexible steel rods that connect at the bottom and the top into two large steel rings. The larger bottom ring frames the interior perimeter of the structure while the smaller top ring creates a skylight; the relationship between the two results in the pavilion’s curvilinear womb-like shape. The activities that take place within are gently enclosed by a dynamic pattern of thousands of flickering reflections. Because it is circular in plan and curvilinear in section, the pavilion does not discriminate any direction; once passing through the entryway, the interior is generous and encompassing.
The structure was assembled within six days on location in Beijing and demounted and reinstalled within a week’s time for its use in Shanghai.”
This object is particularly interesting because of the dynamic it creates, changing the image and appearance of the city.
Architects: SO — IL
Client: Modern Media Group and Get It Louder
Location: Beijing, China
Program: Museum, restaurant, shop
Area: 200m² / 2.150 sf
Budget: RMB 700.000/$10,000
Status: Completed in 2010
Key Consultants: Beijing Cenbo CO. (engineering, construction)
Photographs: Iwan Baan