Portuguese architecture agency depA has hidden a pavilion in plain sight. This camouflaged structure, clad in mirrored panels, appears to disappear into the lush green landscape and houses an impressive artwork for those who manage to find their way inside. Located in Porto’s Serralves Park, the aptly named Liquid Pavilion is a temporary installation belonging to the famed Serralves Museum, Portugal’s leading contemporary art museum.
The mirrored Liquid Pavilion reflects images of the lake and lush foliage, rendering it nearly invisible to passersby. The architects designed the pavilion to evoke the form of the Serralves Museum, designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. ”The pavilion uses the Museum building and the Serralves Park as its raw material in different scales with one and the other,” wrote depA. “The pavilion’s design is a polygon extracted from the Museum’s layout, corresponding to one of its characteristic spaces — the bow window — whose classic hexagonal matrix is repeated and emerges at various times throughout the Park, both in the pavements and the landscape features.”
The pavilion’s placement in the landscape and use of reflective material makes it a visual bridge between the museum and park, at once relating to the museum with its form while simultaneously blending into the landscape. The pavilion’s “concave polygonal” layout makes the interior suitable for projecting films, like the currently featured piece “O Peixe” by Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andre. The pavilion was commissioned as one of the museum’s five temporary structures for the architectural exhibition Live Uncertainty, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo that runs through February 18.
Images via José Campos