How can we redefine the idea of Identity during the globalizing era? It seems that instead of an absolute or static image of Identity, the identities of our age is a very dynamic concept, which constantly assimilating and reacting with each other. Therefore, we approached the Identity of Catalonia through an alternative lens, a constantly back and forth dialogue between Urbanus (outsider) and ETSALS (insider), generating new inspirations and unintended consequences at the end of the design process.
FROM ROMAN ARCH TO CATALAN VAULT
Catalonia is a small state that has gone through a lot and done a lot to preserve its Identity during the last 300 years. The IDENTITY pavilion divides the actual big plaza into 2, recovering the old 1714 square and shows the evolution from the roman arch to the Catalan vault. The new pavilion generates a new gathering point in the city, a congregation and exchange spot that will host different activities showcasing Catalan Identity
An abstraction of the traditional Catalan clay vault system configures the space. The use of small bamboo pieces in a cohesive way, achieves large structural distances. The cohesive nature of this system reduces the need for buttressing while eliminating the necessity of temporary supports. It also enables the creation of a large spanning structure with a material thickness of just 10mm, using standard industrially produced bamboo pieces brought from China.
This type of construction system conceptually shares similarities with the Human Castles as a way of “Cohesive Construction”, in which different individuals’ team up altogether for a common final purpose.
Once the festival is over, the pavilion will be disassembled. Some pieces will be re used for other installations and the remaining ones will be mashed and given to different communities as bio fuel for heating in winter.
Installation Design: URBANUS
In collaboration with: LA SALLE (URL)