Shenzhen F518 Pavilion - Showcasing creators from F518


The structure is aimed at showcasing the work of designers and makers from F518 creative exchange. This provides a unique opportunity for their work to travel China. The mobile pavilion is made of a continuous structure of ascending interlocking bamboos.

China has a long tradition of wooden architecture with load-bearing timber frames, literally networks of interlocking wooden supports forming skeletons of buildings. The idea is to reveal this tradition through a lightweight bamboo structure. Bamboo symbolises a certain attachment to the earth and the sky, it reminds us of places outside the cities. It is both tradition and modernity.    

The Chinese vernacular is here associated with an ultra sophisticated design process aimed at demonstrating the know-how of the Chinese building industry. The bamboo is processed at a high temperature in order to make it rot-proof and then treated with natural oil as per Chinese tradition.


One aim of the temporary pavilion is to reconcile the rapid modernisation of Shenzhen with its roots by giving another chance to traditional building materials. Prevailing timber today in Shenzhen not only confronts change, it also eludes other sustainable and cultural trajectories for architecture.

The layered bamboos contrast with the hi-tech displays and interactive exhibitions while gently nodding to the load bearing timber frame Chinese tradition. The inside of the pavilion is reminiscent of Chinese lattice ceilings with a lightness which does not overwhelm. The whole frame can be assembled by hand in just few days. This provides flexibility and affordability. The main pillars are lined with a waterproof membrane, providing shelter to the visitors during the rainy season.    
On sunny days, the boundary between the interior and the exterior of the pavilion is a slowly moving shadow projected by the light particles filtering through. Craftsmanship is as critical as the choice of material and the careful use of machine production will contribute to turn the delicate structure into a robust little pavilion.    
The appearance and smell of the pavilion give an appropriate feeling of technological rusticity, turning the building into a scenographic manifestation.