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Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

China Architecture News - Aug 11, 2023 - 11:04   1237 views

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Shanghai-based design practice Spatial Praxes has built a temporary pavilion made of textured microcement in Shanghai, China

Named Villages & Memory, the 100-square-metre pavilion is situated within the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai and was designed for a Chinese brand Cement Design.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Spatial Praxes

Aiming to showcase the brand's products, the pavilion is composed of a cluster of sloping volumes featuring circular windows, doors, rounded walls, seating and showcasing furnitures made of smooth microcement.

Spatial Praxes paid attention to the notion of things that can possess dual qualities of both permanence and ephemerality.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Spatial Praxes

"Aware that the pavilion would be temporary, Spatial Praxes posed the following question: how to create a sense of permanence given the transience of the event?."

To create the interconnected volumes, the studio was inspired by the form of traditional villages, and sought to juxtapose the fleeting nature of the pavilion with a timeless element of a community: a public sphere where its inhabitants converge and where memories are forged.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Spatial Praxes

While exteriors and interiors are made up of textured microcement, floors are clad in white pebbles and vinyl sheets. Inside, furnitures are  treated with smooth microcement to complement the outer language.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Spatial Praxes

"The design embraces the makeshift clustering of buildings observed in traditional villages, which tend to culminate coherently around a large open public space," said Spatial Praxes.  

"The pavilion comprises three cement houses with inward-sloping roofs, featuring entrances and galleries for displaying products."

"Pinwheeled along the perimeter, these houses create a sense of intimacy and enclosure while providing multiple entrances welcoming visitors from various directions," the studio added.

The studio designs a large opening at the heart of the pavilion to alleviate the density along the perimeter and serve as a public gathering space for product demonstrations and exchanges. 

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Spatial Praxes

A textured ring-wall connects the houses into a unified whole while giving a tangible form to the public sphere. 

Lifted 600 millimeters above the ground, the wall obstructs direct sight into the interior, while evoking a sense of curiosity by revealing only the footsteps within.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Entrance of the pavilion. Image © Chen Hao

"In an event that anticipates tens of thousands of visitors, each with but a few minutes or seconds to explore each stand, the Cement Design pavilion offers a temporary public square where guests are invited to linger and form lasting connections, even if only for a brief moment," the studio explained.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Chen Hao

The temporary pavilion was on view for four days. After the pavilion diassembled, it will not be reassembled elsewhere, but the builder sent the entire structure back to its factory where it was processed for recycling.

In the installation, the builder used standard structures, substrates, and assembly methods that the firm uses on nearly all of their other projects. So it helped to save as much of material as possible.

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Public Sphere. Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Public Sphere. Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Public Sphere. Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Public Sphere. Image © Spatial Praxes

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Public Sphere. Image © Spatial Praxes

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Framed view. Image © Chen Hao

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Framed view. Image © Spatial Praxes

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Plan

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Section

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Elevation

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Axonometric drawing

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Sketch furniture

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Sketch furniture

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Sketch study

Spatial Praxes installs temporary sloping pavilions made of textured microcement in Shanghai

Model

Spatial Praxes, founded in 2022 by Sean King, and Scott Hsu, is operating at the intersecting territories between interior and architectural design.

Project facts

Project name: Villages & Memory

Architects: Spatial Praxes

Total area: 100m2

Location: Shanghai, China

Design start: March 2022 - April 2022 

Project built: June 2023

Client: Cement Design

Partners In Charge: Scott Hsu, Sean King 

Design Team: Criss Yan, Mia Jiang, Ma Guohong 

Top image © Chen Hao. 

All drawings © Spatial Praxes.

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