by Philip Stevens, Designboom
UNStudio — the dutch architecture practice led by ben van berkel — has designed a mobile structure conceived as a place of rest, retreat, and mindfulness. the project forms part of the revolution precrafted pavilion series, a collection of structures whose wide variety of functions are designed to complement existing spaces. constructed from strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the project was designed and developed digitally, before being handwoven by highly skilled craftsmen.
titled ‘ellipsicoon’, the UNStudio-designed pavilion is a detached, secluded space for solitary moments of rest, reading, contemplation, or even a cocoon-like theater for conversation and communication. the structure’s curved sides taper inwards as they rise, with the rounded openings blurring the boundary between internal and external space. inside, a sunken seating area follows the fluid contours of the space.
‘I have long been interested in exploring spaces which extend function to replace the reality of the everyday with the potential for more nuanced, reflective experiences,’ explains ben van berkel, founder and principal architect of UNStudio. ‘the ellipsicoon offers a place of temporary disengagement, where the practicalities, duties and interruptions of daily life can momentarily fade and the imagination can take over.’
the project was designed and developed digitally rounded openings blur the boundary between internal and external space. A sunken seating area follows the fluid contours of the space
name: ellispsicoon pavilion, 2015 – 2018
UNStudio: ben van berkel with ren yee and philipp meise, peng wang
client: revolution precrafted, manila
location: non site-specific
dimension: 5.70m l x 4.10m w x 2.60m h
floor area: 15 sqm
materials: woven strands of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene
program: limited edition retreat pavilion