10 Outstanding Festival & Temporary Event Structures

January 21, 2017

Whether you’re at a festival, a live music concert or a conference, festive structure designs have the ability to enhance your overall experience. Outstanding designs add to the atmosphere and create practical solutions for seating, dancing or simply relaxing.

Here’s a look at 10 outstanding festive structure designs.

1. Second Dome, by DOSIS

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A playful pneumatic structure in festive yellow, Second Dome is an innovative, creative workspace. The giant, inflatable bubble hosted free community events for adults and children, in London Fields, East London, during October 2016.

Designed by Madrid-based company, DOSIS, the structure is assembled in mere minutes, from a single bubble to a multi-room, 8 meter high structure. Furthermore, it automatically responds to wind and pressure and needs little energy to operate. Animation workshops, film screenings, piñata-designing classes and science experiments took place inside.

2. MPavillion by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai

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The 2016 MPavillion, in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens is a temporary landmark with a difference. Used for events, meetings, performances and workshops, the bamboo structure is a hub for creative thinkers.

Designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, it used 7 kilometres of bamboo, 26 kilometres of rope and 50 tonnes of stone. It reaches 12 metres high and an aperture at the centre of the roof symbolises the connection of earth to the sky. A golden well below represents the importance of water to the community at large.

3. Container Stack Pavilion, by People’s Architecture Office

Bright red and yellow shipping containers create a serious impact. In Shanxi, China, People’s Architecture Office designed a pavilion with stacked shipping containers, over two stories. Six yellow containers overlap six red ones, creating a striking visual.

Not only that, but the structure provides an outdoor recreation space and elevated views. Floor to ceiling glazing means sightlines are clear throughout the building and those viewing from the outside can see the interior action. The Container Stack Pavilion is a temporary structure that is easily disassembled and moved to various locations.

4. Forest Pavilion, by nARCITECTS

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Forest Pavilion provides a festive setting, while raising awareness and supporting communities. The bamboo structure is located in Hualien, Taiwan in the Da Nong Da Fu Forest. It serves as a shaded meeting and performance space for visitors.

The pavilion was the primary venue for the Taiwanese Masadi Art Festival. It’s constructed with 11 green bamboo vaults that encircle the central stage. This allows for an open-air venue, with enough privacy for events. In support of the community and environment, the company worked with an indigenous tribe and used reclaimed wood from a tsunami.

5. The Golden Moon, by Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design

What’s more festive than a Chinese lantern? Hong Kong and Antwerp-based architectural design practice LEAD, made use of the concept for The Golden Moon. Initially built for the 2012 Mid Autumn Festival Lantern Wonderland, the structure also portrayed a romantic legend.

To symbolise the love between the Moon Goddess Chang’e and her husband, the lantern glows with abstract flames in red and orange. The spherical design is 6-storeys high and took 11 days to build. It combines digital design technology with traditional hand craftsmanship, to create a dynamic space.

6. ZCB Bamboo Pavilion, by The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture

The ZCB Bamboo Pavilion is an event space built for the Construction Industry Council’s Zero Carbon Building, in Hong Kong. It explores how traditional materials combine with digital fabrication. Bent bamboo poles and translucent fabric create a striking, curved effect.

The structure is 4-storeys high and has a seating capacity of 200 people. 475 large bamboo poles bent to shape the structure, with hand-tied, metal wire to tie it together. It’s used for events including festivals, exhibitions and performances.

7. Heart of Denmark, by Henning Larsen Architects

The Heart of Denmark by Henning Larsen Architects, provided a festive visual, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Located on Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant Ipanema Beach, it offered the perfect gathering spot for athletes and visitors.

The nautical inspired design comes from the nation’s seafaring traditions, using boat sails and masts. It offered 300 metres of covered space, which included a bar, press room and exhibition area.

8. Pavilion of Reflections, by Studio Tom Emerson Students

Manifesta 11, in Zurich hosted the spectacular Pavilion of Reflections. The wooden structure, by thirty architecture students from Studio Tom Emerson, floated in the lake with a city centre backdrop. A timber island, the pavilion offered five buildings, a bar, a sun deck and a pool with a cinema screen.

9. Chamber of Light and Shadow, by Partners Hill

When you’re at a festival, it’s hard to find a place to relax and cool down. MONO FOMA festival, in Tasmania, benefited from a pop-up space, designed by architecture studio, Partners Hill.

Showcasing Aesop products, the Chamber of Light and Shadow offered a quiet retreat for revellers. While relaxing, guests took advantage of sunscreen dispensed from behind metal panels and aloe vera lotion.

10. Skum, by Bjarke Ingels Group

Giant bubbles and jumping castles represent playful festivity. That’s exactly what BIG created, for the Roskilde Music Festival, in Denmark. ‘Skum’, the Danish word for foam, used coloured LED lights to illuminate the rounded shapes. Visitors walked beneath the structure, which inflates in seven minutes. It created a space for the VIP bar of brewing company, Tuborg.

Where to next, for the future of festive structure designs? We can’t wait to find out.



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