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Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space, Munich, Germany

Tuesday 17 Nov 2009

COOP's MINI adventure

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30/11/09 Sy Auerbach, F.A.I.A., Chevy Chase, MD
When the fevil will irelevan, unrelated, computer generated, architectural forms be cast aside as being "not related to their purpose?
This sculptural, unreasoned form-giving is a travesty cast on the mandrel of realy good architectural response to the purpose driven "Art of Architecture".
25/11/09 mpsyp, CMH
Come on, Jimi Hendrix and Don Giovanni, "parametrically transferred into the pyramidal forms"? How hokey can you get. What a colossal gimmick. I can only hope that the architects are laughing behind closed doors at anyone who falls for that one...


Sponsored Opera pavilion designs revealed 

Wolf Prix of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has revealed one of the 'smallest but most interesting' designs by the firm, Pavilion 21 MINI Opera Space. The 300 seat pavilion has been designed for the Bavarian State Opera and sponsored by the car manufacturer MINI for use at the Munich Opera Festival 2010.

The task was no easy one: to create an acoustically and visually pleasing structure which is at the same time mobile and lightweight. The firm say they have achieved a design which will reach this potential by enhancing the acoustical properties of the space using tilted walls and increased surface area. "Another design strategy is also to reduce the influence of external sources of sound," added the firm. "The Pavilion which is 21 meters long, 17 meters wide and between 6 and 8 meters high will be positioned in such a way on the Marstallplatz that it will act more as a sound reflector than as a barrier to the sound of the cars passing by."

The visual form of the structure has been created through a novel digital design method. Sound frequencies from Jimi Hendrix' song, "…’Scuse me while I kiss the sky..." and Mozart’s opera "Don Giovanni" have been overlayed and parametrically transferred into the pyramidal forms which will be constructed in aluminium to create the pavilion.

Key Facts

Status Design
Value 0(m€)
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COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH

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