CIRCUS PAVILION

By goteli

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Connection to Harringay Warehouse District

CONNECTION

We are from Bilbao and we have been living in Barcelona for 7 years. Both cities have a strong industrial past. In both cases we have examples of iconic industrial areas turned into creative scenarios.Our aim is to bring some of this vibe to our pavilion and to the Harringay Warehouse Disctrict.
During the creative process we were inspired by peddlers and circus. With simple tents, they create effective structures which can host their lifestyle. There is a spontaneous character in their world, relatable to the Harringay Warehouse District and we wanted to reflect it in our pavilion.

Proposal Outline

PROPOSAL OUTLINE

-The main objective is to create a pavilion that has the capacity to host many types of events of different nature. That was the premise and it has been the central point of our proposal. Despite the small dimension of the Pavilion it is very versatile thanks to its design so it can be adapted to many different situations.
-During the design process we were inspired by peddlers and the circus world. With simple tents, they create effective structures which can host their lifestyle. There is a spontaneous character in their world, relatable to the Harringay Warehouse District and we wanted to reflect it in our pavilion.
-Three cubes are built. These cubes will host specific activities. The three cubes have different sizes which serve a specific function. The smallest (but the tallest) one have the wet core. Its position in plan compresses the entrance space creating a subtle barrier between the exterior and the interior. As it is the tallest one, the tent goes down from its highest point. The medium side cube, will host workshop classes or small lectures, for bigger events, it can be open and invade part of the common space. The biggest cube will host yoga classes, performances, exhibitions, shows…activities that require a more space. Two of the faces of this cube are solid and are a cupboard where material can be stored. The other two are curtain walls that can be closed or open depending on the event.
-Thanks to these structures, we create some interstitial spaces with different characteristics that will host activities that have less specific environmental requirements (markets, exhibitions). Two patios are introduced in order to ensure the quality of this open space and its nuances. These patio spaces can also be used to host activities of the Pavilion.
-Finally, everything is covered by a tent. The utilization of a tent was decided by its symbolism which reminds us of a circus, where anything could happen. Furthermore it is a low cost resource and ideal for the rainy weather of London.
-The Circus Pavilion belongs to Harringay neighborhood. We don’t think it has to be limitated. Therefore, we decide to remove the existing fence and blur the current interior/exterior boundary of the plot. In this way, we return this plot to the city and its citizens. The perimeter is an urban gesture, a way to contain things and let them go.
-The plan of the Pavilion is very open and it allows to host almost every activity that can be imagined; the same thing happens with the section. Heights and space qualities vary creating diverse sections, making up a very rich set. In just one pavilion there are a lot of different spaces, different relations interior/exterior, space qualities…

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