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AIR FOREST: Inflatable Pavilion Lights up the Night

Posted By Trey Farmer On June 29, 2009 @ 8:00 am In Architecture | 2 Comments

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Mass Studies [2] created this wonderful dream-inspired pavilion for Denver’s Dialog:City [3] last summer. Known as the Air Forest, the pneumatic pavilion [4] absorbs passing wind currents to stay inflated and provides shade while allowing sunlight to filter through, creating a vibrant public space. The 1,400 square meter structure is easily transported, sets up in a snap without any building materials, and at night it lights up in a beautiful display of luminous pillars.

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Mass Studies [2] designed the Air Forest to playfully interact with its environment, rather than standing against it. The nylon structure consists of 9 hexagonal canopy units and is stabilized by anchors and lighting equipment in each of its 35 columns, allowing it to undulate and shift in wind and changing weather. The reflective silver dots that cover the structure mimic the surrounding scenery and give it a fun visual texture. As the pictures show, the canopy provided shelter from the afternoon sun as well as an amply lit arena for the evenings.

+ Mass Studies [2]

+ Dialog:City [3]

Via Arch Daily [5]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=36551

[2] Mass Studies: http://www.massstudies.com/

[3] Dialog:City: http://www.dialogcity.org/

[4] pneumatic pavilion: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/23/yorkshire-renaissance-pavilion-by-various-architects/

[5] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/22847/air-forest-mass-studies/

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