spanish architects selgascano have created an undulating pavilion spread across the entirety of the vast paved courtyard on the fondation d’entreprise martell in cognac. the first project in france by josé selgas and lucìa cano, the pavilion is true to their aesthetic of transparency and openness to the outside world where the translucent material used for the structure reacts to natural light to create a constantly changing iridescent effect.


this exterior pavilion is comprised of modules constructed from hi-tech materials, which will house specific activities 
images courtesy of cognac SCA
photography © iwan baan

 

 

launched in october 2016, the fondation d’entreprise martell offers a rich and varied programme of events promoting local, national and international collaborations. occupying a modernist building that is a landmark within the town of cognac, the pavillon martell de selgascano is the second commission to arrive in the foundation.


a metal framework is covered by a translucent material developed by french brand onduline
image © iwan baan

 

 

the material –developed by french brand onduline– used to realize the pavilion is strong, watertight and continuous. the multifaceted reflections is highlighted by the organic and flexible shape aimed to sit in harmony with the natural surroundings. its use will be a place to host visitors and events, where inflatable seats installed in the structure, attached by straps, will allow visitors to sit, lean, or stretch out in the context of workshops, concerts, presentations, and other diverse occasions. opened just in time for the summer, the pavillon martell de selgascano will be dismantled in 2018 to be reconstructed elsewhere to give it a second life.


inflatable seats installed in the structure, attached by straps, will allow visitors to make use of the structure
image © iwan baan

 

 

‘we were given an extensive blank canvas and we wanted to set the tone by occupying the entire site with our pavilion, in the hope of inspiring future artists, architects and designers. the second important decision for us was to work with just one material… lightness has been a constant and integral aspect of our work, and we saw this project as a unique possibility to experiment and explore that concept further.’ selgascano


the material came in a roll of just 1 mm thick, made with polyester and fibreglass
image © iwan baan


the pavillon martell de selgascano will have multiple destinations and be dismantled in 2018 and relocated
image © iwan baan


the in situ commission was inaugurated in june 2017
image © iwan baan


the foundation will ultimately extend over nearly 5,000 m2 and five floors
image © iwan baan

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