katayoun lazar + pinkcloud.dk's 'dubai smiles', a recreational pavilion with huge hammocks in dubai

katayoun lazar + pinkcloud.dk's 'dubai smiles', a recreational pavilion with huge hammocks in dubai

based in dubai, new york, and toronto katayoun lazar and pinkcloud.dk developed ‘dubai smiles’ — a solution to the lack of recreational areas for adults in the bur dubai district of dubai. the installation comprises multiple giant hammock-like swings, and was presented at the seoul biennale of architecture and urbanism back in 2017.



bur dubai is a predominantly lower-income enclave located on the western side of the dubai creek, with a population that is mostly adult and male. currently, public amenities in bur dubai are paltry to nonexistent, with no public parks, recreational, or shaded areas within a one-kilometer radius of the neighborhood.



the simple design of ‘dubai smiles’ utilizes two materials — metal frames and white fabric. hung on the billowing metal canopy, the short-cut pieces of fabric serve as shades, while the long pieces are swings, hammocks, and chairs, which need no instructions to use.



‘dubai smiles’ encourages visitors to play and form their own spaces, temporarily free from the stresses of urban living and the intense desert sun. ‘we believe it can be a new model for social interaction in dubai and serve as an unprecedented neighborhood amenity for everyone in bur-dubai,’ says the pinkcloud.dk team.





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edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • https://design.udk-berlin.de/2016/06/1-preis-sunbrella-the-future-of-shade-fuer-hyunjeong-kim/

    This design is similar to this sunbrella design competition 2016. just with better rendering.
    Check this link and compare!

    Klima says:
  • This design has been copied for so many pavilions now! Lets come up with something more original!

    Max says:
  • I like it, hanging curtains is definitely not a new idea, but this one is executed well!

    James says:
  • While the idea of combining hammocks and umbrellas might not be new and was rendered and presented many times, this setting seems to actually work and have a site where people would embrace it. I hope the design gets to the construction phase because I have not once sat in one of these pavilions ever.

    George says:

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