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Tkaronto: Pavilion Concept Features Vinyl Balloon Poof that is Touted as Sustainable

by , 04/20/11

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The semi-permanent pavilion, designed by Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Yannick Vorberg and Stefan Vetsch will be located in Toronto’s waterfront district serving as the awards pavilion for the games, and afterwards will be used as a flexible event space for the city. The pavilion’s location serves as a bridge between the city and the waterfront encouraging visitors to cross the major transport corridors and access pedestrian baths along the water. Inspired by the name “Toronto“, which roughly means “meeting place”, the pavilion serves as an interesting area under a huge balloon roof. Under the roof are a series of boxes and rooms that contain different programs.

Balloon trees are created from groupings of standard vinyl, helium-filled weather balloons held together with a PVC net and tethered to the ground with PVC coated wire ropes. Durable and long-lasting, all of the materials can be reused multiple times and easily relocated for other events. The pavilion also makes use of an existing silo facility on the waterfront, using the structure to draw people’s attention. The rooftop of the silo will also serve as a bar constructed out of steel and glass with a solar panel covered PVC membrane filled with helium to serve as a roof.

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4 Comments

  1. urbantom May 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I see where there are “stairs” in one of the silos. This might work for many people – but there are many who will not be able to use stairs. The panapara games will be going on also – with thousands of people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities. How will they get up to the top of the silos? Has this been thought through? I guess I can see how the balloons could provide shade if its real sunny — but, like I said earlier, I don’t think they’ll help much if it rains.

  2. urbantom May 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I see there are “stairs” inside one of the silos. I guess that will work for most people. Of course the panapara games are also occurring. How will the people in wheel chairs get up to the top? helicopter lifts? Has this really been thought through much?

  3. urbanTom May 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Ugly. Its gray and gloomy underneath. What purpose does it serve to have floating balloons as a roof – that will not hold back any rain. Is this safe? What if some 40 kph winds come along. I could see the whole thing being uprooted and flying into the Atlantic. How do you get up to the top of the silos? Looks scary and messy to me. How will all of the vinyl be recycled after being used? Could be a big waste if not done properly.

  4. Trajectoryco April 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Brilliant concept. We’ve been dying to see the view from the top of the silos for years! Bravo!

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