Serralves Pavilion / FAHR 021.3
Hugo Reis, Filipa Frois Almeida, Catarina Azevedo, Sérgio Marafona
Text description provided by the architects. The pavilion exhibits a video art piece from the 32ª São Paulo Art Biennale by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca. Surrounded by the gardens of Serralves in Porto, FAHR’s structure is an architectural object that explores the ambiguity between the presented work and its context.
“We propose an architecture that responds simultaneously to two necessities, one more objective and functional, presenting a support for an artistic work, and another more vanguardist and experimental, in a way promoting an architecture exhibition,”describe Filipa Frois Almeida and Hugo Reis from studio FAHR 021.3
Inspired by this duality, FAHR designed an object that proposes an intriguing dialogue between architectural scale and the natural setting of Serralves. The pavilion softly stands supported by only two points that subtly connect with the natural surroundings, thus underlining the park’s topography, vegetation, and meandering paths.
The piece challenges the traditional approach to temporary pavilion design. Its shape is equal parts seductive and harmonized with the natural context. The pavilion invites the visitor to enter by letting in snippets of daylight that lead into a sheltered path of increasing quietude. Step by step, the rich vegetation of the park is left behind until the visitor reaches the video display which can be enjoyed in quiet and secluded darkness.
On the whole, the pavilion strikes a balance between seamless integration with the lush vegetation of the Serralves Park and providing a perfect display for the video-piece.