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Bubble Pavilion (Student Design 2016)

05 Feb 2018
 
Image Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
Architectural Credit: Concept by Xue Ying Zhang
 
In this post of our Winter blOAAg series, “Temporary Architecture: Pavilions, Structures and Follies,” we take a look at a student-design project of a pavilion to commemorate the victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks.

From the Designer

Type: Pavilion- Concept
Location: Paris, France
 
The pavilion is in memory of the November 2015 Paris attacks. Its concept is based on the contradiction between peace and terrorism. Sentimentally, peace is soft, pure and complete, while terrorism is harsh, dangerous and broken. In the project, a bubble and trusses, respectively symbolizing peace and terrorism, are gathered. The bubble is pushed by those trusses, reminding people of the harsh reality. Nevertheless, the bright, soft and pure bubble still strongly reminds people of hope and tolerance. World citizens may sometimes experience terrorism, but still have deep faith that justice lasts.


Site Analysis, Champs Elysee 
Image Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 

Bubble Concept Image
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Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 

Bubble Concept Diagram
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Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 


The project is on the axis of Champ de Mars, directly facing the Eiffel Tower. Visitors arrive at an exhibition space on the second floor through a tunnel in the bubble made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) plastic. They then go down into the bubble through an exhibition gallery on the first floor. The material could create soft light for exhibition and meditation. The project creates a memorial space, as well as a meaningful city landscape.


Pavilion Plan
Image Credit: Xueying Zhang
Design Credit: Xueying Zhang
 


Pavilion Section
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Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 


Bubble Pavilion Circulation
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Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 


Bubble Pavilion Interior
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Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
 

Bubble Pavilion Interior
Image Credit: Xue Ying Zhang
Design Credit: Xue Ying Zhang


About the designer
Xueying Zhang is currently a graduate student in the Post-Professional Master of Architecture program at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
 
This post forms part of our winter blOAAg series, “Temporary Architecture: Pavilions, Structures and Follies,” which explores architecture made for a temporal situation. Check out the other posts in our series for more great buildings across the province!
 


 
 
 

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