Architecture, Product & Environment

Project

Shimmerlands

The Shimmerlands Pavilion is a modular, temporary structure that disrupts its typically staid environment with a geometrical play of light and colour. Across two months in summer 2017/18, the pavilion served as festival hub (and bar) for the Shimmerlands festival’s program of music and outdoor cinema at the University of Melbourne. The brief was for a custom solution that would create a distinct sense of spectacle and excitement — and could be erected in ten days, then swiftly disassembled in just four. The result was an expressive yet modular design which adopted proprietary components for speed of construction. The design is fully demountable and reusable, which allows it to be re-erected and altered to suit future events. Of particular note are the peaks and valleys of the ceiling ‘veil’ — an independent sculptural form that allows a level of transparency and porosity, as well as the eponymous “shimmer” effect after dark.

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