snarkitecture's drift pavilion welcomes visitors to design miami
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dec 07, 2012
snarkitecture's drift pavilion welcomes visitors to design miami

‘drift’ by snarkitecture welcomes visitors to the main venue of designmiami/ 2012
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new york-based practice snarkitecture is one of the firms whose work is being presented at designmiami/ 2012 alongside many projects by
world renowned architectus including the likes of OMA, zaha hadid and herzog and de meuron. their entry pavilion, ‘drift,’ welcomes visitors from
around the globe to the main venue of the week-long event, where professionals alike can view exhibitions from international creatives,
both established and emerging on an equal platform.


the structure, loosely echoing the concepts in david adjaye’s design for last year’s fair (see designboom’s earlier coverage here), features a light metal
box frame sandwiching a cluster of vertical inflated vinyl tubes. sliding along the same plane, the compilation of air-filled cylinders creates a canopy
which forms an inclining topography, inversely forming a cave below inviting guests to linger a while before entering. small crevices and
voids in the massive overhead structure allow slivers of natural light to penetrate and bounce around the white material palette. below the hanging
stalactites is an open space filled with custom flexible grey tube seats made by the architects encouraging interaction and conversation
amongst visitors.



a thin metal frame supports a canopy of white inflated tubes
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the pavilion by night
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inflated vinyl tubes are bundled together to form the roof-top structure
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inverse topography on the underside of the canopy of inflated tubes forms a cave-like environment
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worm’s-eye view
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voids in the structure allow light to illuminate the interior
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concept sketch of the drift pavilion

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rendering © snarkitecture

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