bulgari pavilion by not a number architects
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jan 23, 2013
bulgari pavilion by not a number architects


bulgari pavilion by not a number architects
view of the pavilion with the museum at the back
image © NaNa

 

 

commissioned for the prestigious luxury jewellery brand for abu dhabi art 2012, the ‘bulgari pavilion’
is conceived as a temporary installation by not a number architects – an exclusive and private venue
with live music, a bar and a curated selection of the company’s high end jewellery.

 

the design of the pavilion aims to be both reminiscent of bulgari‘s italian heritage, being representative
of its own fabrication and structure. a self supporting entity is implemented without the need for a
separate internal structure; therefore the form is not merely a decorative veil. acrylic tubes are used
in different set lengths and diameters although they are rarely used as principal architectural elements –
2272 tubes with approximately 10,000 individual connections to be exact. by packing them close together
not only do they begin to form mass, but also provide structural rigidity. much like a rough gemstone,
the concept was sliced and cut, then smoothed and polished to contrast within the environmental conditions.

 

 


view from outside the pavilion
image © NaNa

 

 


bulgari lounge and pavillion

 

 


seating under the translucent vaults
image © NaNa

 

 


light coming through the vault
image © NaNa

 

 


vault becoming column
image © NaNa

 

 


reflections of the canopy on the seating elements
image © NaNa

 

 


details of the structure
image © NaNa

 

 


night view
image © sofia dadourian

 

 


artificial light embedded in the structure
image © sofia dadourian

 

 


the pavilion space during the art fair
image © sofia dadourian

 

 


snapshots of construction process
image © NaNa

 


design and assembly concept
image © NaNa

 

 

project information:

client: bulgari SpA

location: abu dhabi art 2012, saadiyat al manarat, saadiyat cultural district, abu dhabi, UAE
project period: june 2012 – november 2012

architects: not a number architects (NaNA)

structural engineers: 
structure workshop

lighting consultants: 
artisan (united visual artists)
contractor: HDD interiors dubai
lighting contractor: eclipse

 

 

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