Pavilion Festival de las Artes Walk & Talk

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Technical info: Inflatable PVC

Architects: GA estudio + ArtWorks, Lisboa, Portugal | |

Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Photo credits: Mariana Lopes, Sara Pinheiro, Tomás García de la Huerta, Xaviera Gleixner

The creation of this pavilion involved building a structure as the centre of the Walk & Talk’s 19 Art Festival to host concerts, performances and talks linked to the programme of the festival.

The structure is a temporary low budget pavilion where recycling (reuse of the Helium Pavilion balloon), the use of locally available materials (cedarwood) and the possibility of being dismantled for reuse in the future were fundamental goals to find a balance between design and available resources. The spatial possibility of the pavilion was summarised in three elements: wooden wagons that house the waterproof programme bar, kitchen, technical room and cellar, a PVC balloon of 6.8 meters in diameter and a fabric that connects both elements.


The hybrid nature of the result responds to the intention of contrasting elements without distorting them. In this sense, this construction was the expression of a kind of conflict that integrates elements of different structural and material nature: the textile elements, the inflatable PVC balloon and the supporting structures made of local wood. Half stable and half unstable, the pavilion established a dialogue between the material and the ethereal, bones and cartilage, and between apparently stable elements and others that escape us. It also allowed other types of readings and relationships.

The fabric of the cover was what was used to navigate. Its sound and vibration allowed the navigator to read the wind. The globe experiences pressure changes linked to the weather, pressure on which the tensions depend on and, consequently, the profile of the entire roof. These qualities are integrated in the way of experiencing and perceiving this pavilion, one that seeks relationships rather than forms.

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