Chile is exporting a lot more than a mean pisco these days. The XVI Chilean Architecture Biennial, a celebration of great Chilean architecture, recently wrapped this week in Santiago where the main theme was an exploration of architecture that cares for the earth. Hosted at the Contemporary Art Museum of Forestal Park, there was literally too much talent for the conventional structure to contain and the Biennial exploded out into the public eye in form of a completely sustainable, modern temporary pavilion designed by Assadi + Pulido, a young Santiago-based design studio with a modern, edgy and recognizable style.
The Assadi + Pulido eco-pavilion was built specially for the Biennial and is accessible by way of bridge from the interior of the MAC or from a staircase on the main square. Encased in a reusable woven aluminum material custom-made by Hunter Douglas, the pavilion stood in stark contrast to the classical museum building. The cage-like structure stood on legs of scaffolding and perforated, painted and back-lit MDF screens which created an impromptu exterior patio that served as the main space for conferences and programming.
Designs were displayed on custom corrugated cardboard boxes and benches. Within the museum, exhibits were shown on similar corrugated cardboard blocks that could be un-installed and re-installed easily. 100% of the materials used in the construction of this temporary pavilion will be recycled. The Biennial featured work by top Chilean architecture schools and showcased stellar regional and institutional architecture. All designs explored creative ways to reduce the use of energy and materials, and to improve the relationship between structure and environment. The Biennial also exhibited a collection of photography by emerging Latin American architects.