- Sustainable Architecture
- Rooi Design and Research, Pavilion S and the circular economy
Rooi Design and Research has taken this issue to heart. At the 2019 Shanghai International Furniture Fair, they developed a separate outdoor pavilion, specially designed for a furniture exhibitor: Pavilion S. With this building, they unveiled a new comprehensive, sustainable design.
The underlying concept behind the temporary structure shows the keen sensibilities of the young designers, Zuoqian Wang and Dan He. They founded the design studio in Cape Town in 2018 and set up offices in Beijing and Shenzhen in 2019.
First and foremost, the designers used plywood for the building’s primary construction materials. This is one of the most commonly used materials in the furniture-making industry. The idea was simple - these construction materials could be upcycled at the end of the fair. The materials for the building consisted of 821 plywood panels in the standard market size of 1.22×1.22 metres, the most economical design structure used for processing. The most significant advantage of this project was how easy it was to build, and the 48-hour assembly time, drastically reducing construction times and costs.
Pavilion S by Rooi Design and Research is not just a furniture showroom, it’s also a place where visitors to the fair can relax and rest. The walls were made to resemble huge, glazed cube shelving, and ended up being showcases for the furniture, giving the general public different visuals with surprising angles. The furniture display is clearly visible, and the transparent facade catches plenty of natural light. At the same time, the 1.22-metre depth of the cubes prevents direct sunlight flooding the showroom interiors.
The main framework adopts a mixed use of timber and steel, and the roof is designed as a hyperboloid (positive and negative arch-beam steel structure). The interior of the pavilion is free of columns, presenting a sleek, smart overall showroom area. Rooi Design and Research believes that the complexity should be consumed in the design and technique of the construction process, giving the public the impression of something that is clear and easy to understand, bright and eco-friendly for the city. At the end of the Shanghai International Furniture Fair, the entire pavilion was dismantled, and 410 sets of tables and chairs were economically produced for the use of a rural community.
Project: Rooi Design and Research
Images: Feng Shao