Designer Naoya Matsumoto and her classmates at Japan's Seian University of Art and Design created an innovative meeting space for students and locals to enjoy summer nights on campus. The pop-up bar is made from locally-sourced reeds that grow plentiful around the college grounds. The beautiful shelter is breezy, easily removable and of course recyclable!
Each year, students at Seian University of Art and Design are challenged to create different projects using locally harvested reeds. The material grows freely around Lake Biwa, making it an easy and sustainable material to incorporate into designs. Matsumoto’s project evokes the natural beauty of the reeds by leaving them in their unfinished state.
The outer shell of the bar seems to explode in a structure defined by controlled chaos. The dried reeds jut out at different angles, and they are attached together at intersecting points. In some areas, the straw like reeds are layered and built up to create almost opaque enclosures, while in others they are spaced apart, creating a delicate canopy. During the day, the pavilion is a nearly transparent, gauzy blur. At night, the pavilion is illuminated with flood lights, which make the reeds seem to glow, revealing shadows of the activity going on inside. Inside the pop-up pavilion is a semi-permanent bar with a reed base that provides a place for students to congregate and relax after classes.