Breath Box coastal pavilion brought to life by sea breezes and human interaction
Breath Box is a 20 sq m pavilion structure created for the Festival of Lively Architecture on the La Grande Motte coast in southern France by NAS Architecture. This emerging practice was launched in 2013 in Montpellier and has already attracted attention with concept designs for international competitions and expressive completed projects such as Bloom in Chaumont-sur-Loire.
The idea behind Breath Box is to engage the senses of passers-by through an active pavilion that reacts to changing environmental conditions. Situated a matter of meters from the waterfront, one side of the structure is comprised entirely of reflective panels set on hinges.
As the wind blows off the sea, so the mirrored panels flutter in the breeze, enabling the public to feel the wind but also to witness its physical effects. Each panel moves independently from its neighbours, creating an organic display of movement and interaction.
The main structure of the pavilion was constructed using burnt wood with gaps left between the timber elements so that shafts of light would shine through, casting a repetitive pattern of shadows across the floor. These wooden beams are offset from one another to create an interesting blend of geometric forms on the pavilion floor.