The Cloud Pavilion: A Permanent Space for Art and Events

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Previously, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was appointed by West Bund to design a set of pavilions as a part of the West Bund Biennale of Art & Architecture in 2013. The design acted as a counterpoint of the industrial cranes on the riverfront and can be used to rest along the nearby river. While originally the design was intended to last for the 2-month timeline of the Biennale, it remained in place for more than 2 years. Then in 2015, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was back to redesign the pavilion permanently for art and events.

The Cloud Pavilion

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The idea of this project is to maintain the steel structure from the original pavilion and create a minimum of 100 square meter space for small exhibitions and events.

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The project included the establishment of a small kitchen with storage while exuding the original notion of ‘a cloud’ from the Biennale.

The Illusion of an Abstract Floating Cloud

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The ceiling is illuminated against a reflective mirrored surface during the night, offering the illusion of an abstract floating cloud along the waterfront.

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The river view can be seen from this angle

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The pavilion serves as the citizens meeting point. The firm also worked with Chris Hardie to come up with this design. Hardie stated that the new pavilion makes a singular space shaped like a glass cloud.

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This creation relates to the way children usually draw a shape of a cloud. It is also often used in traditional Chinese prints. In addition, a cloud symbolizes a luck in ancient Chinese painting.

Via SHL