IBM Travelling Pavilion

Electives Group 1

IBM Travelling Pavilion, – Ar. Renzo Piano

Faculty in-charge :
Prof. Mohsin Khan
Prof. Pratik Katalkar

Group Members :

Pruthvi Bavaliya
Anushree Bhojane Donald Fernandes Bhavesh Maliviya Siddhi Parab Shweta Subramaninan [BG music] Narration- The students of viva school of architecture studied folded plate stucture ibm tabelking pavalion by architect Renzo piano. This is a portable structure designed in the year 1982 and used till 1984. This futuristic design of modernist era had a prototype of single arch on the beach of Genoa. This politically influenced structure was first assembled at Natural history museum, London. The concept by the architect Renzo Piano was to bring youth closer to high tech structures while creating bond with nature. The concept was conceived using both man made and natural materials such as aluminium, polycarbonate, glulam laminated timber, rubber. The structure follows a surface active system and is categorised into folded plate. This is understood by the load distribution of the structure. The load is first transferred from the tip of the folded triangular polycarbonate to the sides from where it is further transferred to the specially designed three pin arches to the base foundation.
This portable structure was used as a art gallery, exhibition center, study center, etc.
The pavalion had a specially designed system for services where the system was divided into two parts that is the interior and the exterior. All the interior systems were connected to the outdoor system which was placed inside a truck which was specially designed for the transportation and assembly for this portable pavilion. This system of services added to the cost which is why the pavalion was not cost effective and was used more for political glory.
The arches connected at the base and the center which makes it a three pinned arch is geometrically stable which along with the triangular folded polycarbonate make the structure portable and surface active. The installation of the pavalion was divided into 5 stages and requires very skilled labours.
The pavalion inspite of being very efficient and futuristic in design was not used for a longer period of time.
Though the pavalion is not in use anymore the design, concept and thought by the architect makes it timeless in design.


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