The 'Architectural Roots' exhibition in the Schunck (Heerlen, NL) was accompanied by a closed competition.The teams were asked to design a transportable pavilion that could house a number of exposition types. We based our entry on the iconic mushroom columns that characterize the Schunck building. Since the pavilion has different needs than it's predecessor, a bit of rethinking was needed. To optimally fit and serve their new habitat, the Schunck-columns needed a makeover.
A column in the Schunck-pavilion is more than just supportive structure. Each column by itself is both roof, structure and exposition element. The comprehensive Schunck-column comes in four different sizes. A small one that creates space around itself by being thin, a medium sized column that is big enough to house a projector, touchscreen or an interface, a large column that serves as a display case or socket for art-pieces and a large column whose inner space can be used for a personal exposition experience. Together they form a modular and expandable system that can be configured to match any contextual challenge and any exhibition format. A set of 20 columns creates a floorspace of around 110 square meters.
The pavilion is based on a rectangular module system of 2,44m by 2,44m. By connecting the units in different layouts, the pavilion can play with the context in which it is placed. Moreover, it enables different exposition layouts. In this way the pavilion creates a unique experience each time it is set up.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Heerlen, NL