PROJECT | Triumph Pavilion: Peace Pavilion for Sudan
PLACE | London
DATE | 2013
MATERIALS | CNC Sewn Fabric Bags Filled with Soil, Sand and Grass seed mixture.
De_Bunked is a pavilion that was envisaged as an entry for the 'Triumph Pavilion Competition', which proposed constructing a pavilion to celebrate the recent peace treaty between North and South Sudan. The pavilion site was proposed to be in Bethnal Green Park, London, near the V&A Museum of Childhood.
The proposed Peace Pavilion transforms the typology of the war bunker, a crude construct of sandbags and barbed wire that necessarily strives to close itself off from the world: In commemoration of South Sudan and North Sudan’s recent peace treaty, we propose a sculptural piece that opens itself as a shared space for peace.
The structure is a circular enclosure, which is shaped to point towards Bethnal Green Garden entrance at the front, and widens to create a larger bench for seating at the back. The loop is anchored with a thicker, heavier mass at that end, narrowing towards a lifting point where it peels away from the ground to create a lighter, arching entrance welcoming its visitors from the South entrance towards the seating area at its North end. That continuous sweep is enforced with three more masses that ground the structure where it needs support.
With an ecological sustainable thinking in mind, we envision a contemporary version of the ‘Sand Bag Shelter Prototypes’ developed by Architect Nader Khalil (1936-2008). Khalili was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award of architecture in 2004 for these ‘super adobe’ vernacular shelters developed in 1992 with the help of the United Nations to help the gulf war refugees.
“..These shelters serve as a prototype for temporary housing using extremely inexpensive means to provide safe homes that can be built quickly and have the high insulation values necessary in arid climates. Their curved form was devised in response to seismic conditions, ingeniously using sand or earth as raw materials, since their flexibility allows the construction of single- and double-curvature compression shells...”
-Aga Khan Jury 2004
De_Bunked is created from assembled sandbags using Computer Numerical Control (CNC)-sewn Geo-Textile organic fabric bags that are filled with a soil/sand mixture and grass seeds. Once the pavilion is erected at Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, plantings will sprout and bloom, once again transforming the bunker from a pavilion into a multi- faceted garden. At the end of the pavilion’s residency in Bethnal Green the bunker will be transformed a third time, whereby the components will be disassembled and given away to park visitors as a piece of peace.