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Air Mountain: A Pavilion Full of Air, Literally

Shenzhen, China — The 2019 OCT Phoenix Flower Carnival found its venue to be full of air, literally. 

The ‘Air-Mountain’ is a multi-purpose pavilion designed by Aether architects with two concepts in mind: “Micro-ecological geometry” and “multidimensional relationship, multidimensional phenomenon.”

The idea of ‘micro-ecological geometry’ centers on creating a final architectural form based on the environmental demands and requirements of the event. The bubble-like geometry of the pavilion is constructed using air and layers of plastic to create the domed structures, allowing users to bounce on the inflatable surface. At the top of the larger domes, a hole has also been implemented to allow the flow of air.
The concept of a ‘multidimensional relationship’ relates to the idea of architecture having not just one single function. For Air-Mountain, the architect envisions the form not as an independent physical entity, but a fusion of architecture and surroundings, the fusion of different activities, the fusion of different states and behaviours, and the co-relationship between something man-made and nature.

During the event, the interior of the pavilion served as the venue, while the external served as a public leisure space for the visitors.

(Image Credit: Zhang Chao/ Design Boom)

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