Aluminium for reusable pavilion

Recyclability of aluminium do not come as a surprise
to anyone now.
31 October, 2019
We all know that an aluminium can, for example, can be easily recycled into a new one without losing its quality. However, what about significantly bigger objects? Universal Design Studio and Giles Miller Studio have come up with a two-storey pavilion for BBC Studios that can be dismantled and reused, and then recycled at the end of its life. One of the main materials used for its structure is aluminium.
The pavilion was specially designed and constructed for BBC Studios, one of the world's biggest producers of TV content, for the MIPCOM trade show in Cannes to host clients, showcase its content and "physically embody the brand".

Two design studios created strived to find a versatile approach for the pavilion to have an ability to be easily reconstructed and reinstalled in any part of the world. Apart from that, paying significant attention the sustainability of the building, the designers wanted it to have an opportunity to be fully recycled at the end of its lifespan.

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"We created an iconic temporary structure that can be reutilized for initially three years with the opportunity for it to travel globally to any other relevant event for the BBC," said Richard Ryan, associate director of Universal Design Studio.

"The structure itself should also be recycled at the point of its end use. Outside of these parameters, the aim was to create a structure that enabled the BBC to host, sell and entertain."

The pavilion is big which was dictated by BBC Studio's plot at MIPCOM 2019, and its need for numerous private and public meeting rooms and an events space.

However, despite the scale, the whole pavilion can get a completely new structure just within six days. The construction is not only very flexible, but also "green". It is made entirely from recyclable materials, with a steel frame and aluminium louvres.

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The façade of the pavilion is undulating which is designed by Giles Miller Studio to evoke a "large-scale organic structure" and theatre curtain.

The external part comprises of thousands of small aluminium louvres that clip on to the steel structure. They not only create an effect of wavy mosaic, but also play a functional role – a control sunlight and shade in a building. The aluminium assist with the self-shading in direct sunlight while maintaining outward views. In the evening, they contribute to creating a contrasting look by filtering dynamic light from inside out.

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"These maintain the functionality of existing louvres but enable a three-dimensional form, as opposed to a previously restrictive planar paneling design," explained Giles Miller.

"The façade perfectly fuses architectural functionality with sculptural composition," he told in the interview to Dezeen.

Inside each public and private space (including meeting rooms and event halls) contains neutral materials, selected by Universal Design Studio for "their robustness, sustainability and contribution to better acoustic environment".

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