We have received photos and a video of a pretty stunning temporary pavilion built with 3,000 corrugated hexagonal cardboard boxes for the annual “Fallas” festival in the Spanish city of Valencia. The pavilion design was a collaborative effort between Miguel Arraiz García of bipolaire arquitectos and David Moreno Terrón of Pink Intruder.
Project Description from the Architects:
This corrugated cardboard pavilion was built for a traditional festival called “Fallas” held in Valencia every March. The construction was made out with 3,000 purposefully made corrugated hexagonal boxes as the only structural material. The main challenges were the wind and the rain, because the structure should be at the urban space during at least 5 days. There was no foundation of the pavilion that was just leaning on the floor, that’s why some of the lower boxes were filled with soil to avoid movements due to windy conditions.
The pavilion represented a cave, a refuge. At the entrance the following explanatory text of the idea was shown
“A battle is raging even if I´m not aware of it. It is raging wether I like it or not.
I want to hide, disappear, run away from here.I want to return to my shelter but I can not, they will not let me. Do not know them, not the face they have, only know they are using weapons against words, threats against arguments, fears against dreams, fear is their great weapon and I can not feel safe anymore.
What if in the end I´m able to hide? who will defend me? Perhaps the ignorance dressed of arrogance that governs us. No, we were never a priority to them.
A battle is raging even I don´t understand, is raging and I’m the enemy.
No, I will not hide, protect only me would be like to becoming a faceless man. I’ll keep using words, arguments and dreams to try to build a shelter, a shelter made by all and for all. A refuge where not necessary to hide, where fear can not catch us. A shelter made to resist the storm when it returns, because it surely will return.
A battle is raging and I am aware, is raging and I will win.”
Title: temporary pavilion made with corrugated cardboard for “Fallas” festival, Valencia, Spain
Author: Miguel Arraiz, architect (bipolaire arquitectos) + David Moreno, sculptor
Client: Falla Castielfabib – Marqués de San Juan
Photo credits: Noel Arraiz
Find more photos of the pavilion, including construction photos, in the image gallery below.