Sometimes architects go beyond the boundaries to create far-out shapes and awe-inspiring designs. The Pause pavilion by Ashari Architects is one of such architectural installations that has made the SURFACES REPORTER (SR) awestruck. Located in Afif Abad Garden in Shiraz, this pavilion is built from a cube that holds a suspended brick volume. It shows the potential for the use of simple material by designing unique atmospheres. The aim was to incite the adventure and curiosity senses of the visitors.
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In the words of the architect, “PAUSE is the childish adventure feeling and inspiration that we have not experienced since childhood."
PAUSE tries to revive the feelings that we have been ignoring.
"Feeling of brick texture tactile; hearing the sound of our steps on the metal sheets, looking at the sky which we pass under of it every single day without any attention to it, not even trying to pause to enjoy it,” architects further added.
Pause and Reconnect with your senses
From the outside, the pavilion is like a cube (4m X 4m X 4m) building that is holding a suspended brick volume but when you cross the brick wall entrance, you reach a dark closed space.
In this area, you can’t hear anything except the sound of the metal sheets under your steps. Just continue your journey by touching the brick textures.
Here, the spurred auditory and tactile senses of the visitors to direct them to follow the only possible guide that is the brick texture to move forward.
Inside one can constantly search for a light beam or an opening.
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Mirrors and Light Reflections
The light reflections from the mirrors gradually inform the visitors about an occurrence that is going to happen.
Soon, you reach an area where a partial light beam is revealed and an amazing source of light from above brightens the space.
It is a place framed and surrounded by mirrors where the visitors find themselves under the sky. This area defines the periphery between the visitors and the environment.
The concept of the designers was to initiate a circular volume in a cubic volume.
The firm extrudes the moving knot in circles to create a cylinder and from cylinder to cone to create different volume radiuses. It helped to achieve the spatial diversity between the floor and ceiling and as a result drawing attention to the people above.
To stir up people’s curiosity senses, the firm covered all around the interior cone inside the cube structure with metal sheets.
And soon after, the entry/exit space has a different material- a brick wall-to invite the visitors.
The entire brick structure in the pavilion is formed by half-cut bricks that were installed with the designed straps.
When you move your eyes toward the top part of the cone, the mirror’s density also increases.
The firm used metal sheets in the ceiling to block the direct sunlight. A hole has been cut out from the ceiling to push everyone's focus to the above space.
To ensure safety and supervise the people's movement, the firm removed the 80 cm at the bottom part of the cone.
This helped them to suspend the cone and create an intriguing structure for the visitors.
Architects: Ashari Architects
Lead Architects: Amirhossein Ashari
Project Location: Shiraz, Iran
Gross Built Area:16 square meters
Other participants: Zahra Jafari, Ayda Bazoobandi, Mostafa Yektarzadeh, Sahar Gharayi
Design contributors: Zahra Jafari, Amir Irandoost Haghighi
Execution: Saeid Jamali, Sahar Gharaei, Maryam Darabi, Ehsan Shabani, Sara Zahmatkesh Fard Shirazi, Ayoub Hashemi (Metal Structure), Asghar Gerami (Metal Structure)
3D Max: Mostafa Yektarzadeh
Diagrams: Maryam Pourhashemi, Aida Bazoubandi
Research: Elnaz Amini, Mohammad Moazeni
Electrical Installations: Mohammad Hossein Norzad
Photography: Amir Ali Ghafari
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