Crux Pavilion

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen – with whom we recently created an A+U monograph – have completed their intervention at KAIROS Pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal.

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

Below is the architects’ description of the project:

This somehow modest yet monumental piece appears as a simple form of opposition – that substantial role of Architecture – but in a temporal and non-conclusive manner. It is a duplicated archetypal figure of two columns supporting a beam that are articulated perpendicular to each other so as to define a cross shaped plan. The dimension in section, height and span is meant to unveil the hidden asymmetry of the existing pavilion.

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

By a manifested displacement of the very gravitational point of the whole interior (literally materialized by a pending granite boulder that is suspended on top of the water mirror), the gap between column and wall defines a new and specific character for the east-west diagonal flanks. There are only three dimensions for the pine lumber: one for the structural frames, another one for the cladding and the third one to join the other two.

JA+U: Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

KAIROS Pavilion was designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon – in partnership with Gracifer and Lisbon Architecture Triennale – in 2012 as “an answer to an inhibitor and unsustainable social and economic context, with the aim of encouraging, generating and presenting exhibitions in which Space appears as the central theme”.

JA+U: KAIROS Pavilion ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

"The space is built by a very easy and primitive constructive system of overlapping and joining pieces, taking advantage of their own weight without using any glue or screws. It’s a square plan building with an inside square patio. Thus, there exists a perimeter all around that consists in a path developed both on the lower and upper level, generating two similar spaces with completely antagonistic ambiences. One is covered and black while the other is exterior and bright.

JA+U: KAIROS Pavilion ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

The inner patio is defined by the mirror created through the water inside which reflects the sky and duplicates the space. This becomes the central element, inaccessible and contemplative, able to freeze time and build an intimate moment, a dialogue with the past. It becomes the most significant space and acquires symbolism due to his impossible conquer.

JA+U: Intervention by Alberto Campo Baeza at KAIROS Pavilion ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion
“Uma Chuva de Sonhos” by Alberto Campo Baeza

 

JA+U: Intervention by Aires Mateus at KAIROS Pavilion ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion
“Reflectir” by Aires Mateus

The invitation to participate and submit proposals in KAIROS Pavilion is open to architecture, fine arts, performance, theatre, music and other artistic languages in which the participants feel that fits inside this concept contributing to approach the creators and public."

JA+U: Opening of Crux Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen ©Diana Quintela / KAIROS Pavilion

On June 21st, 2013, June 2013 issue of A+U magazine – Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s monograph – was introduced at the Pavilion along with the project’s inauguration and the architects’ lecture and conversation with architect and curator Pedro Gadanho.