various architects: mobile performance venue
nov 06, 2009
various architects: mobile performance venue


mobile performance venue can be brought to urban locations such as in a city park

the mobile performance venue (MPV) by various architects office has been awarded
future projects experimental winner at this year’s world architecture festival.

the client brief was to design a lightweight and easily transportable venue that meets their
technical requirements for projection screens and surround sound system, while creating an
iconic structure on the exterior. the oval form is 90m x 60m and ranges from 10m to 17m tall,
with 3900m2 of covered space. it can be configured to include optional stadium seating
and the conversion of the central screen transforms into a stage for live performances.
MPV is divided into 20 structural segments which allow for various arrangements which range
from 2000 to 3900 m2 total area depending on event use.

there is a public plaza constructed by an arcade of open hexagons indicating the entrance,
whereas the skin on the back of the house has a more complex and closed pattern.
this exterior shell is made from a self-supporting PVC skin of hexagonal inflated tubes
and cushions, is fire resistant and 100% recyclable.

a bicycle wheel truss provides lateral stability for the project. it is supported by standard aluminum
staging components, is lightweight and recyclable. optional mesh or solid PVC covers provide shade
in hot dry climates or rain protection in wet ones. water tank foundations remove the need to
transport heavy weights. the entire unit can be transported in 30 standard 40′ containers.
MPV requires two weeks for assembly and one week for dismantling.



or in more remote locations…


detail of hexagonal arcade at the entrance


five projection screens are included in the venue’s construction


structural model


structural model


structural model



profile drawing

status: schematic design
client: arts alliance productions
site: worldwide
size: 3900 m2
team: aleksandra danielak, camilla eduardsen, jim dodson, ibrahim elhayawan
partners: ramboll whitby-bird – engineers

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