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75th Book Fair Lisbon
75th Lisbon Book Fair, General Fair layout, built cafeteria and auditorium, Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon, Portugal (Design team: marcosandmarjan; collaboration: João Albuquerque, Marco Sacchi, Shui Liu, Wanda Yu-Ying Hu; Graphic Design: Barbara Says; Associate Architects: Guedes Viinikainen; Construction: Contubos; Laser cutting: Lasindustria). The Pavilion of the 75th Lisbon Book Fair (2005), comprises the design and construction of a temporary pavilion for an auditorium (150 people), a self-service cafeteria, and a separate information pavilion. Questions: (1) How to use the programme and site impositions to create a low-tech yet sophisticated and highly experiential public building? (2) How to utilize digital modelling and manufacturing technologies within an extremely tight budget and construction schedule? Aims/Objectives: (1) To enhance the topographic and panoramic experience of the site through the building. The auditorium and cafeteria create an amphitheatre-like zone, thus exposing the auditorium’s cultural activities while at the same time appreciating the city view. (2) To maximize CAD and CAD/CAM technologies during the design process (six weeks) in order to build the 1,000m2 pavilion in the shortest time (four weeks). (3) To conceive a sustainable design in line with the temporary nature of the building. Contexts: The building can be understood in the line of contemporary investigations in which highly innovative digital technologies in the design process are applied to extremely low-tech and cheap construction techniques (below ¤400,000), for example scaffolding with laser-cut mdf cladding. Methods: The research involved the testing of various programmatic solutions and different site locations; extensive 3D computer modelling and visualizations and their application to a recyclable metal scaffolding and laser-cut MDF cladding. The project has been exhibited in numerous places (exhibitions include Habitar Portugal in Lisbon 2006 and the 237th Royal Academy General Summer Exhibition 2006). It has received highly positive reviews in international magazines such as Costruire (cover), Jornal Público, JA Jornal Arquitectos, and Arq./a 2005, as well as major Portuguese newspapers such as the Independente, Jornal de Notícias and Diário de Notícias (25.05.05), and Expresso (21.05.05). eprints.ucl.ac.uk/9768/1/9768.pdf
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