Entry Paradise Pavilion

The 127 square metre structure spans 500 cubic meters when installed and packs up into one package weighing just 17kg. The structure can be transported using a sports bag and is used for trade shows and exhibitions.

Microscopic cell structures served as the inspiration for the design of a pavilion that is reminiscent of irregular natural forms like foam, sponge, or coral reefs. Chris Bosse created these biomorphic shapes using architecture software. The phenomenology and structure of microorganisms like coral polyps or radiolarians are the basis of the computer simulation of naturally evolving systems.

Derived from Nature / Design by Optimization

The shape of the pavilion is not explicitly "designed", it is rather the result of the most efficient subdivision of three-dimensional space, found in nature, such as organic cells, mineral crystals and the natural formation of soap bubbles. This concept was achieved with a flexible material that follows the forces of gravity, tension and growth, similar to a spider web or a coral reef.

Structure and Space

The project renounces on the application of a structure in the traditional sense. Instead, the space is filled with a three-dimensional lightweight-sculpture, solely based on minimal surface tension, freely stretching between wall and ceiling and floor. 

Innovation and Digital Workflow

The product shows a new way of digital workflow, enabling the generation of space out of a lightweight material in an extremely short time. The computer-model, based on the simulation of complexity in naturally evolving systems, feeds directly into a production line of sail-making software and digital manufacturing.

Transport and Sustainability

The pavilion (weight: 17 kg) is transportable in a sports-bag to any place in the world; can be assembled in less than one hour, and is fully reusable. While appearing solid, the structure is soft and flexible and creates highly unusual spaces that come to life with projection and lighting. Projects of any scale and purpose can be realized in a short amount of time.

Minimal Surfaces

Minimal surface is any surface that has a mean curvature of zero - for a given boundary a minimal surface cannot be changed without increasing the area of the surface. The lightweight-fabric-construction of the pavilion follows the lines and surface tension of soap films, stretching between ground and sky. The pavilion was made of specially treated high-tech nylon and light with a construction/manufacturing time of 4 weeks. These natural curves of bubbles are translated into an organic 3-dimensional space. Since the early seventies, with Frei Otto`s soap-bubble experiments for the Munich Olympic Stadium, naturally evolving systems haven’t lost their fascination in the field of new building typologies and structures.

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