Valencia, in 2019, was chosen as World Design Capital 2022 and on the occasion of the event a modular pavilion will be built in the esplanade of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento: the Ágora.
Designed by the Valencian architect Miguel Arraiz, with a budget of 480 thousand euros, the building will be sustainable, demountable and removable. The pavilion is inspired by the waves of the Mediterranean sea, symbolically recalling the value of the city as a historic place of union between different cultures. With an area of 350 square meters, the pavilion will tell the story of design born on the shores of the Mediterranean, made of materials that mix innovation and tradition.
The Ágora will in fact be covered with a wood and ceramic skin – developed by the companies Inalco, Wandegar and Manolo García Carpintería Artística – made to filter the light, used as if it was a building material. Manolo García, artist and carpenter, will therefore return once again to the square where he has installed his creations so many times.
The construction – whose work has just begun and will finish in June – will remain open until December, before being moved to the Valencia Marina, its final location.