It might not seem so at first glance, but this temporary pavilion made from 84 ordinary plastic chairs actually resembles the most advanced digital formalizations of parametric design. Designed by LIKEarchitects, Shell.ter was commissioned by Canal 180 and the Câmara Municipal de Vila Nova de Cerveira as a summer gathering spot for northern Portugal's Parque de Lazer do Castelinho.
Instead of inviting people to come to the park and sit on plastic chairs, Shell.ter encourages a whole new association – a funky pergola tunnel that is tall enough to play under. Visitors can lean against it, eschew it altogether for a dip in the nearby river, or simply enjoy the fantastic play of light as the sun’s rays hit the arch.
Albeit not the most earth-shattering design we have showcased on our site, there is value in looking at old materials anew, and in creating temporary, recyclable pavilions that have zero environmental impact. Next year the project, which has dimensions of 5,70m x 4m x 2,75m, can be re-assembled for further outdoor fun.
photography via João Marques, Eva Vieira, José Calisto