Flockr by SO-IL


Flockr by SO-IL

This temporary pavilion with reflective purple scales that shimmer in the breeze has been installed in Beijing by New York architects SO-IL.

Flockr by SO-IL

The pavilion - created as the main hub for the arts festival Get it Louder - was constructed in four days and will be dismantled and transported to Shanghai for the second leg of the festival.

Flockr by SO-IL

Photographs are by Iwan Baan.

Here's some more information from SO-IL:


Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), winner of the 2010 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, has opened two temporary structures in Beijing and New York. SO-IL’s ”Flockr” pavilion serves as the central hub for “Get It Louder,” a biannual media and arts event taking place in Beijing through October 10th and in Shanghai October 22nd to November 7th. In New York, SO – IL was one of the winners of Sukkah City, a competition to design a small ritual shelter traditionally associated with the Jewish holiday Sukkot. SO-IL’s entry “In Tension” was displayed on Union Square in Manhattan on September 19th and 20th, and the project will be featured at the Center for Jewish History in New York until October 15th.

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“We believe the importance of ephemeral architecture will increase in this prolonged era of uncertainty. The economic environment has become so unpredictable that short-term, low-cost projects are the most feasible. Yet this kind of project can also offer a perfect testing ground for larger scale work,” says SO-IL partner Florian Idenburg. “Temporary projects require a particular mindset. You have to quickly grasp the local condition and provide a lean and elemental solution that provides a sense of specificity— a fleeting mark—even if only for an instant.” The two projects reflect SO-IL’s interpretation of the distinctive moods of contemporary Beijing and New York, the latter more contemplative and considered, the former full of energy and gusto.

Flockr by SO-IL

Flockr Pavilion for Get It Louder Get It Louder, an acclaimed biannual media and arts festival sponsored by Modern Media of China, features a series of lectures, screenings and exhibitions by over one hundred Chinese and foreign designers, artists, writers and filmmakers. Organized by an international team including Chinese curator and writer Ou Ning and design writer Aric Chen, this year’s theme “SHARISM” focuses on the relationship between public and private realms in the digital age. SO-IL was commissioned to design Get It Louder’s main pavilion, which serves as a central hub for the event and houses many of the festival’s activities.

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SO - IL conceived the "Flockr" pavilion as a structure that responds to its environment while also creating a sense of place through its basic form. Covered with thousands of tinted mirrored panels, the skin reflects its surroundings and makes the changing contexts of this temporary and mobile installation—the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai— an integral part of its expression. In SO-IL’s experimental façade, only the top of each panel is attached to the structure, allowing the individual pieces to respond to wind and creating a kinetic skin that is permeable by light and air.

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The pavilion’s structure is made out of 56 thin, flexible steel rods that connect at the bottom and the top into two large steel rings. The larger bottom ring frames the interior perimeter of the structure while the smaller top ring creates a skylight; the relationship between the two results in the pavilion’s curvilinear womb-like shape. The activities that take place within are gently enclosed by a dynamic pattern of thousands of flickering reflections.

Flockr by SO-IL

“Because it is circular in plan and curvilinear in section, the pavilion does not discriminate any direction,” says SO-IL partner Jing Liu. "Once passing through the entryway, the interior is generous and encompassing. “We envisioned the pavilion as a place where ideas can flock together, be projected, pass through, and be nurtured and distilled.”

Flockr by SO-IL

The structure was assembled within four days for the opening on Sept 20th and will be demounted and reinstalled within a week’s time for its use in Shanghai.


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Posted on Friday October 8th 2010 at 11:52 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • xtiaan

    I dont want to be a whinging hippie but im thinking the chinese simply arent going to care about recycling a bunch of shiny purple whatever that is.
    That yellow beer crate pavillion you posted was much more in the spirit of what ephemeral architecture should be about.

    • cla

      I agree that not many people will care about recycling it, but it will for sure. nothing get's wasted here in china if you can make some money with it and maybe Chuck Anziulewicz had a good idea and it will end up as 1000 skirts in beijings KTV's

      • dsl

        "but im thinking the chinese simply arent going to care about recycling a bunch of shiny purple whatever that is."

        xtiaan, sorry, as you said, you are a whinging hippie!

        "and maybe Chuck Anziulewicz had a good idea and it will end up as 1000 skirts in beijings KTV's"

        I don't like the design at all. But such design does not only appear in China only. These comments are so shallow and tasteless, and is not funny at all!

        gays, plz make more mature comments.

  • A pavillion made of purple sequins? It looks like it was cut from the gown of a 50 foot tall drag queen.

    • amsam

      Totally. It's a disco ball! If it were on Project Runway Michael Kors would say, "your execution is good but I have questions about your level of taste."

  • martin

    nice on e- wpuld like to know whats in the inside and what atmosphere was created.

  • Furby

    Ugly and typical of Beijing's uninspired architecture and total absence of urban planning strategy what so ever.