San Francisco, CA
This exhibition presents digital and handmade architectural pavilions by Bay Area and international architects. The work included in Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts will transform the galleries of the Museum of Craft and Design into an immersive architectural environment, demonstrating a range of projects from small-scale models to full-scale installations.
An architectural pavilion is traditionally defined as a free-standing structure – an object of pleasure. Pavilions are typically constructed for temporary events or display and their unorthodox forms contribute to their spectacular appearance. Pavilions, as described by London-based practice Carmody Groarke, are not defined by the conventional characteristics of building, that of shelter or utility, but instead offer architects the opportunity to speculate about architecture and urbanism in precise and conceptual ways.
The content included in the exhibition is diverse – material samples, drawings, films, models, mock-ups, and full-scale installations reflect the broad range of techniques that architects employ to build pavilions at variant scales. Whether generated by the computer or by hand, these assemblages offer insight into the contemporary and forward-thinking processes of making architecture today.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.