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Moveable Feats

(March 2017) posted on Mon Mar 13, 2017

Here today, somewhere else tomorrow. Speed (and vivid visuals) are of the essence for some of the most buzzworthy pop-up structures of 2017 and beyond.

By Oriana Lerner

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Cool is now a moving target for designers. On-the-go refers as much to the end product as the lifestyle of the masterminds behind it.

Dancing Pavilion
Simple geometric seating offers a bright accent and easy set up in the pop up Dancing Pavilion at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Photo: Fernanda Ligabue and Rafael Frazão

Whether it’s a project with the permanence of the AC Hotel Oklahoma City (which uses modular construction for its four guest room floors), the street cred of the portable BRLO BRWHOUSE in Berlin, the Pop Up Cave Hotel in Wales or the temporary Dancing Pavilion in Rio, modular construction and pop ups have exploded from novelty status to design staples—and this is just the beginning, industry insiders say.

Guto Requena, Estudio Guto Requena. Photo: Victor Affaro

The headline news here is both the “what” and the “how.” Budget and timelines still sometimes drive the call for call for pop up or modular techniques, but more and more, clients are specifying them up front.

“The modular technology perfectly complements and enhances the AC Hotels’ room design,” says Daxesh Patel, chief operating officer, construction finance, NewcrestImage (the developer behind AC Oklahoma City). “The technique has a significant advantage over traditional construction because we can fabricate the room from the inside out in a controlled environment, then deliver the finished room to the site.”

The BRLO BRWHOUSE makes the most of its outdoor space with picnic-­style benches that can be moved with ease. Photo: Done Studio-Ulf Saupe

Temporary structures are also ready for much broader applications, says Paul Miller, co-founder of London-based Miller Kendrick Architects.

“We are currently working on a site in London where there is an emerging landscape of new scale pop-up structures which are infilling small and unusual plots of land within a rapidly changing area of the city,” Miller says. “And we are seeing numerous pop-up food and retail units appearing in places like railway arches, temporary informal work/meeting spaces being added to existing hotel and office courtyards and roofs, and numerous art galleries and visitor centers appearing in or around existing buildings and vacant plots of land.”

Paul Miller
Paul Miller, Miller Kendrick Architects. Photo: Courtesy of Miller Kendrick Architects


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