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Frieze Art Fair

SO - IL

New York, NY, USA

May 2012

PRIMARY AUTHOR

SO – IL

CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR

SO – IL (Architect)

AUTHOR

Frieze Art Fair

PHOTOGRAPHER

Iwan Baan

OBJECTIVE

Pie-shaped tent section wedges are inserted between six tent sections to relax and open up the standardized system, and offer amenities at each section as a moment of recess. The wedges bend the otherwise straight tent into a meandering, supple shape. The winding form animates it on the unusual waterfront site, as well as establishing the temporary structure as an icon along the water.

CONTEXT

Randall’s Island, situated in between Manhattan, Bronx and Queens is one of the few pieces of open land in New York City large enough to accommodate the 225,000sf, 1500 ft long structure.

PERFORMANCE

The wedges divide the significant length of the fair into manageable sections. Rather than exposing the end gable section at each end of the tent, we extended the tent roof fabric in stripes, dissolving the tent into the ground. The playful entrances introduce visitors to the experience within.