Best of #pavilions

Educational spaces and architectural follies, bars and viewpoints: a selection of the best projects of pavilions posted on Domus Web.

Best of #padiglioni
With the approach of the Venice Biennale and of Milan Expo 2015 the theme of the pavilion returns topical.
Many architectural types fall into this category: from educational space to architectural folly, from bar to belvedere.
Among the best known in the world there is the temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, the new Serpentine Pavilion is a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure: a shell resting on large quarry stones.
In Australia, Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park hosts GASP!, designed by Room 11, where colour and architecture have been used as a vehicle for re-evaluation and re-appreciation of place, creating unity between the bay and the experience.
Strongly linked to the natural environment in which they arise are also the view terrace and pavilion designed by Didzis Jaunzems Architecture and Laura Laudere in collaboration with Jaunromans and Abele, that create harmonious environment to discover the spaciousness and faraway horizon over river Daugava in Latvia and the Learning Pavilion by Architecture Brio: an interactive building used as a gathering space and play area for Mumbai’s underprivileged children located on the Magic Bus Centre for Experiential Learning.
The small size make the pavilion the ideal ground for the architectural experimentation, like in 99 Failures – the pavilion realised by the University of Tokyo's Digital Fabrication Lab that reveals highly immersive structural, material and spatially perceptual experiences – and in the summer pavilion designed by Gillot+Givry in France – a crisis-era architecture, self-built with the most commonplace materials and means.
We come back to the domestic ground with Shoffice, a sculptural pavilion that flowed into the garden completed by Platform 5 Architecture to house a small office alongside garden storage space, and with Yoshi Bar, by Japanese designer Naoya Matsumoto, a little shleter that uses six panels of reeds to resemble a traditional gabled roof stall.

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