the CO2 pavilion by chinese architecture studio superimpose stands as a translucent, horizontal volume of light and smoke in the central courtyard of the yan jing lane community in beijing. the site-specific installation is composed of 26 square-sectioned frames tied together, resulting in a three-module structure that encloses a portion of open space with two existing trees into an inner patio. 

superimpose wraps beijing's CO2 pavilion in translucent white screens and smoke
film and photos by beijing shard island technology co., ltd.



superimpose has created the CO2 pavilion as a space for isolation and contemplation from the urban chaos, bringing visitors close to the existing nature of the courtyard and into an intimate atmosphere. wrapped in white screens that work as a transition zone between the chaotic city and the serene patio, the structure seeks to restore ‘the missing sense of gathering and togetherness rooted in the traditional chinese siheyuan way of living.’ through a system of non-toxic theatrical steam machines, the pavilion also stands as a reminder of the impact of uncontrolled consumption, aiming to raise awareness about pressing issues that affect the urban environment. 

superimpose wraps beijing's CO2 pavilion in translucent white screens and smoke



presented during this year’s beijing design week, the pavilion plays the role of cultural hub and gathering spot  while it offers its multi-layered exterior as a tridimensional projection screen for multidisciplinary performances, as well as public events and workshops curated by studio shard island. catwalk shows, guzheng (a chinese harp) and piano play, artificial intelligence performances, and digital art projections, all combine to produce a holistic piece of art.

superimpose wraps beijing's CO2 pavilion in translucent white screens and smoke

superimpose wraps beijing's CO2 pavilion in translucent white screens and smoke




project info:


project name: CO2 pavilion

client: beijing shardisland technology co., ltd.

partners superimpose: carolyn leung, ben de lange, ruben bergambagt

design team: superimpose architecture
carolyn leung, ben de lange, ruben bergambagt, arianna bavuso, zhengxin tang

site: beijing, china

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