Design Miami temporary structure by Aranda\Lasch

Design Miami, the pre-eminent international fair for limited edition design, has commissioned New York architects Aranda\Lasch to re- work the award-winning Temporary Structure designed to house last year’s edition. The project will involve the creation of a dramatically different façade, as well as a new interior lighting plan to enhance the volume of space. The interior of the structure will remain essentially unchanged.

“Last year’s design had great presence, yet captured an ethereal and delicate quality; it looked like it could drift off into space,” Design Miami’s Director, Ambra Medda, comments. “This year’s treatment is a striking contrast, with a solid and monumental quality that could trick you into thinking it was made of stone. It’s a modern ziggurat; Mesopotamia meets Miami, if you will. We’re even calling it a Temporary Monument.”

To develop the original Temporary Structure, Aranda\Lasch worked closely with manufacturer EventStar, the leading expert in the field. This year, armed with their newfound knowledge and practical experience, Aranda\Lasch were keen to innovate further. “We wanted to make the most of the relationships we’d developed,” Benjamin Aranda explains. “We decided to take a completely different approach, fully exploring the potential of the technology and using EventStar’s expertise as our starting point.”

This year’s design is distinguished by large horizontal fabric bands with a slight pitch, which are stacked and wrapped around the entire structure, giving an impression of weight and substance. “The idea behind the wraps came as a direct result of working with the tent fabricators and quite literally turning their construction technique on its side”, Aranda continues, describing a system involving panels which have been turned 90°. “This has not been done in the tent industry before, but there is no reason why it couldn’t be applied in the future,” he adds.

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