Combining art, architecture and technology, Los Angeles-based
architectural firm Montalba Architects
recently completed a temporary pop-up pavilion for the annual Bex
& Arts sculpture triennial that’s designed to be easily
disassembled and reused for future events. Set on a movable
foundation that allows for minimal site
impact, the Bex & Arts pavilion briefly served as a
fabrication studio, exhibition space and information center on a
clearing surrounded by the dramatic Swiss mountains. The
lightweight structure was prefabricated in about ten days and
installed with a crane on site in less than a week.
Measuring just 430 square feet in size, the Bex & Arts
Pavilion is one of several small-scale projects of Montalba
Architects, which was recently recognized as Los Angeles’ Best
Contemporary Architecture Firm in 2019 by Angeleno magazine.
structures and compact spaces present an unparalleled
opportunity to exquisitely, and rigorously, realize the interplay
between form and substance, and intersect architecture with art,”
the firm says.
Montalba Architects’ Bex & Arts pavilion was prefabricated with
high-performance Kerto wood panels made from peeled spruce, a
custom perforated panel facade— comprising narrow, black vertical
panels with voids— that lets natural light in while adding visual
interest, and mineral-based Swisspearl floor panels selected for
their lightweight qualities, durability, fire resistance and
sustainability. The lightweight structural wood panels have also
been applied to the floor and open shelving, which not only provide
exhibition space but also help support the structure.
For the 2017 Bex & Arts sculpture triennial, the pavilion
served as a visitor’s center, exhibition space for the work of
invited designers and working fabrication studio where FabLab, a
small-scale workshop, was open to the
public for rapid prototyping. The pavilion received awards from the
AIA California Council and American MasterPrize.
Images by Delphine Burtin
Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
A modern reusable pavilion is sustainably designed to pop-up almost anywhere