temporary pavilion by shigeru ban in moscow’s gorky park temporary pavilion by shigeru ban in moscow’s gorky park
oct 20, 2012

temporary pavilion by shigeru ban in moscow’s gorky park

shigeru ban with a model of his temporary pavilion for moscow’s garage center for contemporary culture all images courtesy garage center for contemporary culture

today october, 20, 2012 garage center for contemporary culture is opening the temporary pavilion by shigeru ban, a new venue for exhibitions, lectures, workshops, film screenings, concerts and kids activities, with cafe and book store.
 ban’s design for the garage’s new temporary space – situated by gorky park’s pionersky pond – uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall at 6 meters high with the total area of the pavilion measuring 2,400 square meters.


ban is renowned for his use of raw materials, including paper and cardboard, and his use of eco-friendly building materials – with the interim garage for its founder russian socialite and entrepeneur dasha zhukova no exception. the pop-up design is a transitionary home from the previous bakhmetevsky bus garage to its new OMA-designed space – which designboom covered here – at a former soviet-era gorky park four seasons, where renovation is still underway.

ban discusses his interest in working with the russian space:

‘I was interested in working in russia first and foremost because of russia’s culture, architecture, music and art and due to its geographic connections with japan…although russia and japan are neighbors, we have very different cultures. garage is well-known in the international art community for its progressive projects. the construction of the temporary pavilion is both efficient to construct and affordable by using local materials produced in st. petersburg.’

the first exhibition opening to be held at the space is entitled ‘temporary structures in gorky park: from melnikov to ban‘ in order to inaugurate the unveiling of the new pavilion and will run until the the 9th of december, 2012. the showing will reveal the rich history of realized and unrealized temporary structures within moscow’s gorky park since it was first developed in 1923 and demonstrate the key stylistic advancements within russian architecture. these reflections will manifest themselves as rare archival drawings telling the story behind the early history of structures created in the park before exhibiting the russian avant-garde period and finish with the most interesting contemporary – and as yet unrealized – designs created by russian architects today.

the total area of the pavilion measures 2,400 square meters image by nikolai zherkov image © garage center for contemporary culture

the pavilion uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall at 6 meters high image by nikolai zherkov image © garage center for contemporary culture

(left) entry (right) exhibition spans early russian architecture through currently unrealized contemporary structures images by nikolai zherkov images © garage center for contemporary culture

exhibition image by nikolai zherkov image © garage center for contemporary culture

the first exhibition to be held at the opening of the pavilion entitled ‘temporary structures in gorky park: from melnikov to ban’ image by nikolai zherkov image © garage center for contemporary culture

the new venue will be interim housing for exhibitions, lectures, workshops, film screenings, concerts and kids activities and also features a cafe and book store image by nikolai zherkov image © garage center for contemporary culture

a scale model of the design

a rendered visualisation of the structure

the design is situated by gorky park’s pionersky pond

shigeru ban with the founder of the moscow art destination garage, dasha zhukova and director of the garage, anton belov

a timelapse video showing the set up of the pavilion

  • I love that he could potentially use the same material in the model as in the actual construction!

    josh says:
  • and what if it rains?
    what about the fire?
    are these paper tubes are resistant enough for strokes?

    negar says:

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