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2016 MCHAP

Wicker Forest


Santiago, Chile

March 2015


Rodrigo Sheward Giordano Martin del Solar


Vicente Gajardo ( sculptor)




Cristobal Palma rodrigo sheward giordano Martin del Solar


The directives of the project mainly put into question the way they operate and respond against a temporary order in a city that is inserted into a territory. The answer introduces a new material within the city and with this material that the pavilion is built, this pavilion manages to be economical and environmentally sustainable. Another important point that aims to create the pavilion is made visible within the town one way and a material that exists in the territory but that the urban dweller does not recognize itself if not displayed as finished furniture, so the forest Wicker aims to deliver a territorial perspective where urban visitors question current processes or responses that architecture is delivering him as from another way of doing and thinking, these urban spaces can be more comfortable at the lowest possible price.


Wicker Forest is raised under the premise to answer a charge that should be exposed for three months and then removed. Under this requirement, we decided to operate through an economic strategy to provide a local response, low cost, and generate a territorial reading in a distinctly urban context. Designing the pavilion using a low-cost module he was able to rule the space and quality adding to the resulting space. Primarily this inexpensive module is selected in an intermediate stage of the production process, when it is neither matter nor material, but it is a primary module that is shipped for export to Spain and then made as furniture in Europe. This strategy allows meet budgets allocated to profit finally once this module wicker is reintegrated into the productive circuit, and also allows you to generate very little waste once dismantled the pavilion, for being returned wicker original producer, this continues its cycle for which it was created. This way of operating is what interests us as GrupoTalca, where strategies fail to report the design and thus generate a new way of responding to these temporary pavilions where resources are limited and waste, once removed, are a big problem when you do not have space warehousing within the city, an example of how to deal with the temporary problems that have temporary pavilions.


The work consists of 1300 m2 with wicker modules four meters high, which are capable of forming 3 main spaces for reflection This temporary space houses various activities of cultural sphere. These three main areas are accompanied by three sculptures designed of granite. These rocks are accompanied by a channel running through these three areas and aims to create a dialogue about the erosion of the rock caused by water erosion and how it is able to shape the soil grains in the pavilion. The pavilion is peripherally configured from thousand of modules of wicker 4 meters high that are able to generate shade at different times of day to allow to remain in place and also to offer various cultural bodies in place as exhibitions and live music. The urban impact mainly occurs when such a fragile material like wicker is placed in a new way within the urban context and how visitors are able to recognize it once they hear the sound of wind that touches it and gives a new understanding that it is the same with wicker furniture that are built in their homes. The wicker forest pavilion was very well received by visitors because it is an answer that is not given by materials catalog but is given by a territorial reflection. The economic strategy was rated as successful when the thousand modules wicker were returned to the original producer and the returning part of the purchase money generating good profits and so to pay fees to those who collaborated on the proposal in turn is successful environmentally because in these mill time these modules are being converted into wicker furniture in Spain.

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