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

bulgari pavilion by not a number architects

bulgari pavilion by not a number architectsview of the pavilion with the museum at the backimage © 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 –  2,272 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 pavilionimage © NaNa



bulgari lounge and pavillion

seating under the translucent vaultsimage © NaNa

light coming through the vaultimage © NaNa

vault becoming columnimage © NaNa

reflections of the canopy on the seating elementsimage © NaNa

details of the structureimage © NaNa

night viewimage © sofia dadourian

artificial light embedded in the structureimage © sofia dadourian

the pavilion space during the art fairimage © sofia dadourian

snapshots of construction processimage © NaNa


design and assembly conceptimage © NaNa



project info:


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 dubailighting contractor: eclipse



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  • Sevilla….

    Sam says:
    good job… well done
    thank you

    Paedra says:
  • Where do all these tubes end up at the end of the event???

    Clac says:
  • Neat. Perfect for its use as a temporary structure. Imagine how nasty those tubes will get after a few years.

    LincolnHo says:
  • Perfect as a temporary structure like its designed to be. Imagine cleaning this thing lol!

    LincolnHo says:
  • creative and nice

    AJ says:

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