Mark Eichler
Akihiro Moriya
Phi Nguyen

Melt-Down Chill-Out

This proposal for the Miami Art Basel pavilion is conceived as a single surface that is melted under the sun of Miami. The final form is the result of the manipulation of a mathematical function that allows for the creation of surfaces with diverse local conditions, fluctuating between concavity and convexity, yet clipped in a constrained area. Thus, the pavilion not only expresses itself as part of a field that extends infinitely but also

offers various spatial conditions. By careful calibration of the periodic behavior of the surface, the pavilion is strategically designed to serve as a symbolic gateway for the main tents: the ceiling falls lower in certain location to create apparent tunnels that channel visitors toward the exhibition space.

Two most important qualities of the original surface proposal that we want to maintain while moving from conceptual design to construction idea are the continuity of the surface and the translucent/ atmospheric feeling. We are also interested in the application of a ubiquitous and affordable construction method (i.e. generic steel frame and columns) on a parametric design to achieve comparable results in terms of form and feel.

We propose the use of fabric cut precisely after the surface’s sections (at close intervals) and hung from the frame above. The fabric sheets are edged by ropes in a stitched pocket which emphasize the surface curvature. This technique of layering fabric creates an implied impression of surface continuity while generating an ephemeral and elegant hang-out space.Droplet” bean bags provide casual and relaxed seating in the Melt-Down Chill-Out.