Grimshaw wins Brazilian Olympic pavilion contest
Grimshaw has won first prize in a design competition for a mobile art pavilion which will tour Brazil in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.
Mobilizarte, due to launch in summer 2012, is a 500sq m temporary structure that will host cultural activities, open-air films and exhibitions linked to major events in Brazil including the Rock in Rio music festivals, the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics.
The pavilion will tour 10 Brazilian cities, each time being erected in a garden landscaped with the help of the local community as a way of involving them from the start.
Grimshaw’s winning design - a collaboration with Arup Rio de Janeiro - was inspired by Brazilian art, culture and the Brazilian modern movement - and yet was governed by the logistical challenges of mobility.
The design will be adapted environmentally, economically and socially to every location. A kit of parts and prefabricated wood trusses allow the design team to arrange the scheme in multiple ways.
Floating foil and plastic balloons on the roof provide a striking presence and double as an adjustable natural ventilation system.