abin chaudhuri builds temple pavilion from bamboo
all images courtesy of abin design studio

 

 

 

a pavilion by kolkata (calcutta)-based architect abin chaudhuri, of abin design studio, is to be included as part of an exhibition at new york’s museum of modern art. originally built for a local socio-religious festival, the installation will feature in uneven growth: tactical urbanisms for expanding megacities, opening in november 2014. the design examines ways to deal with the world’s rapidly expanding population.

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rainbow tones accentuate the temple pavilion

 

 

 

the temporary structure was designed to shelter a religious idol, with a notion of continuous movement as its guiding principle. the idea was to create a composition of light and color, which would convey movement and playfulness. vibrantly hued LED lights are placed around a rising circular volume to emphasize the focal point while guiding visitors around the pavilion on a journey of ever-changing views.

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the spectral hues and varying heights create dynamic imagery as visitors move around the installation

 

 

 

close to 1,800 locally sourced bamboo has been cut to specific lengths from 2 to 15 feet, incrementally forming a gradually rising volume based on its length, color and position. rooted to the ground in a regular grid, the organic rods have been painted in spectral hues. retro-reflective vinyl stickers were pasted at the top of each pole. coupled with hired halogen lights, the stickers give the pavilion the desired glowing effect.

 

‘uneven growth: tactical urbanisms for expanding megacities’ will run at MoMA from november, 22nd to may, 10th 2015.

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vibrant bunting

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painted bamboo poles crowned with reflective stickers

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the pavilion lit up at night

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the colors and lights capture the festive atmosphere of the occasion

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the pavilion shown entirely illuminated

 

 

project info:

 

name: a temporary temple pavilion
type: temporary public space
location: hooghly, west bengal, india
size: 150 sqm (1,600 sqf)