Pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest



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Category: Research

Project Year: 2015

Status: Built

Materials: Spandex, rebar, concrete

Location: Rivière Rouge, Québec, Canada

 

"What do you wanna be, Brick?"

"I wanna be chillin'."

This pavilion -- affectionately named “Greta” -- was an exercise both in place-making, and in testing the potential of fabric-formwork in construction. As a primitive structure, the goal wasn’t to provide physical shelter from the elements; it was simply to create a place by structuring the environment in a specific location. To do this, the structure sought to create a moment where the qualities of the place were intensified, seeming to emerge from the very place on which it stands.

The method of building with fabric-formed “lazy bricks” made this possible. Instead of lending themselves to a pure, geometric form like a normal brick would, which would have struggled to relate to the messiness of the site, the lazy bricks happily slumped on, over, or around anything that got next to or underneath them. They couldn’t be bothered to resist.

The result is a form which couldn’t help but make intimate acquaintances with the site - resisting the control of the Designer, preferring instead to simply lay down at its nearest convenience, and therefore be genuinely a part of it.

 

 
 
 
All of the building materials stacked together during the building process
 
 
 
Construction process
 
 
 
Rebar being set into place to form the base structure
 
 
 
Pantyhose packages set out, which were used to form the concrete lazy bricks
 
 
 
Stuffing the pantyhose sacks with concrete to make lazy bricks
 
 
 
Stacking and wrapping the lazy bricks around the rebar and on top of each other
 
 
 
Pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest
 
 
 
Pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest, hugging a tree
 
 
 
Detail of pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest
 
 
 
Detail of pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest
 
 
 
Pavilion made with fabric-formed concrete lazy bricks in the forest in winter