Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion – Zaha Hadid Hong Kong

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Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion, Hong Kong

Temporary HK Building – design by Zaha Hadid Architects

Mobile Art Pavilion & ‘Zaha Hadid, Une Architecture’, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Exhibition 29 Apr – 30 Oct 2011
Mobile Art Pavilion donated by CHANEL to the Institut du Monde Arabe

Previously on tour in Hong Kong:

Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion Hong Kong



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The form of the Chanel Pavilion is a celebration of the iconic work of Chanel, unmistakeable for its smooth layering of exquisite details that together create an elegant, cohesive whole. The resulting structure is very much tied to that original inspiration—elegant, functional, and versatile both in its overall structure and detail. The architectural structure of the Pavilion is a series of continuous arch-shaped elements, with a courtyard in its central space. The glazed ceiling adjusts to allow for control of the interior temperature in response to the particular climate conditions of each venue city.

Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion in Hong Kong – Context + Interior:
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photographs : Virgile Simon Bertrand

Natural light descending from seven elements on the ceiling, meets artificial light pushed up from gap between the walls and raised floor to emphasize the “arched” structure, and assists in the creation of a new artificial landscape for art installations. Six of these elements are roof lights for artworks; another large opening dramatically floods the entrance in daylight to blur the relationship between interior and exterior. In addition to the lighting and colour effects, the spatial rhythm created by the seams of each segment gives strong perspective views throughout the interior. The size of the Pavilion will be 29m x 45m, a total of 700sqm. The overall height is 6m, with the floor raised 1.00m above the existing ground surface. In light of the extensive shipping between cities, each structural segment will be a maximum of 2,25m wide. The 65sqm central courtyard has large transparent openings to the sky above and is designed to host events as well as provide an area for reflection after visiting the exhibition. The courtyard serves as an intermediate space between the exhibition and a public area of the Pavilion. A 25sqm cloakroom is also provided. The steel structure can be built in under one week which is essential for an ephemeral pavilion. With a direct visual connection to the courtyard, the 128sqm terrace continues this dialogue between the Pavilion’s exterior and interior. During an event, the two spaces could be linked to become one large event zone. Reflective materials allow the exterior skin to be illuminated with varying colours which can be tailored to the differing programmes of special events in each city.

Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion in Hong Kong – Building Details:
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photographs : Virgile Simon Bertrand

The dichotomy between the powerful sculptural mass of the Chanel Pavilion’s structure and the lightness of its envelope create a bold and enigmatic element. The Pavilion’s exterior develops into a rich variety of interior spaces that maximize the potential to reuse and rethink space due to the innate flexibility of its plan. The total fluidity of the Chanel Pavilion’s curvilinear geometries is an obvious continuation of Hadid’s 30-years of exploration and research into systems of continuous transformations and smooth transitions. With this repertoire of morphology, Zaha Hadid is able to translate the ephemeral typology of a pavilion into the sensual forms required for this celebration of Chanel’s cultural importance.

Mobile Art Chanel Pavilion in Hong Kong – Building Information

PROGRAM: Travelling Exhibition Pavilion designed for Chanel

Locations worldwide: Hong Kong; (Tokyo, New York, Moscow, London, Paris)
Internal Scenography: Zaha Hadid Architects

CLIENT: Chanel

ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
Project Architects: Thomas Vietzke, Jens Borstelmann
Project Team: Helen Lee, Claudia Wulf, Erhan Patat, Tetsuya Yamasaki, Daniel Fiser

Structural Engineer/Electrical Engineer/Accessibility Environments/Lighting Designer/Services Engineer/Facades & Materials Engineer/Fire Engineer/Project Management: ARUP [London]

Cost Consultant/Quantity Surveyor: David Langdon [London]

Main Contractor/Tour Operator: ES Projects Bell Lane [London]

FRP Manufacturing: Stage One Creative Services Ltd

Facade Cladding: Fibre Re-inforced Plastic
Roof: PVC, ETFE roof lights
Secondary Structure: Aluminium extrusions
Primary Structure: Steel 74t (69t Pavilion and 5t Ticket Office)
1752 different steel connections

SIZE: 29m x 45m, 700sqm

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