Forming the Formations exhibitionBy , Architecture Insights, 22 August 2012
Foreground -part of Supermanoeuvre's installation
Construction at this scale in and surrounding area of the current Australian Pavilion will never occur again and being apart of such a major production is an amazing experience. The hive of activity, the positive attitudes, and lack of heated discussion is amazing for any exhibition bump in, especially one at this scale.
As mentioned previously there is currently about 30-40 people on site at the Australian pavilion working in unison but also autonomously on their own installations to form the pavilion. The atmosphere is filled with anticipation for what the final collective exhibition will look like once finished as well as a slight sense of fear that the next step undertaken in the installation process will open up a 'can of worms' and bring numerous minutes or hours of discussion and modification to the previous design. Many people from other pavilions have commented of the sheer amount of people and work being undertaken at the Australian site, so hopefully this puts us in good stead for having the best exhibition for the Biennale.
The three 'Formations' currently with the largest presence on site are Archrival, Supermanoeuvre and Richard Goodwin all moulding, constructing and positioning their various prefabricated elements for the exhibition. Soon the Maribor Team, Healthhabitat and The Architects Radio show will place their stamp on the space, which will be fantastic to see.
Personally I have been imbedded with the Creative Team focusing on a shelf that twists and turns around the entire pavilion acting as a universal datum line for the exhibition. While some may see it as trivial and only ‘just a shelf’ to see something designed in Sydney via emails and precision engineered to fit into an existing building on the other side of the world, and it working, is truly amazing.
Usually builders work to a two-millimetre tolerance. On some design build project constructed in a short time span you can be even looking at an eighty to a one hundred millimetre tolerance. When you have the head of an architecture school, an architect, two internationally recognised graphic designers and a student of architecture building a shelf you get half a millimetre to one-millimetre tolerances.
To see just some of what has been going in and around the pavilion I encourage all to check out the following links:
Time Lapse videos from each day of construction within the Pavilion