This work illustrates a parametric design experience of a temporary pavilion, designed to adapt to different types of pre-existence by modifying its formal and functional characteristics accordingly.

The research carried out is based on the definition of an algorithm managed with Grasshopper, assembled specifically to elaborate the project and its iterations; the algorithm allows to obtain geometries and analytical data in real time, reducing to a few hours a process that would instead take weeks with traditional methods.

The works of temporary transformable architecture and, specifically, the pavilion-type give the possibility to conjugate, in both conception and simulation, geometric and structural aspects. The prototype carried out is based on a kit-of-parts system of structural nodes and bars, easy to assemble and disassemble. By minimizing the variety of structural elements it is possible to contain costs, thanks to mass production, and to maintain a great freedom of formal expression.

Modelling is based on the intersection between an ideally unlimited spatial lattice system and a context-dependent volume of containment. The basic geometries, ie points, segments and triangles, are organized into groups of data and then statically analyzed.

This theme was addressed following some reflections on the shared features of temporary architecture, noting that usually you come across pavilions with extremely short life, or mobile architectures that do not allow modifications. The task was to approach an architectural object that was not temporally, spatially or formally limited.

Furio Magaraggia,
University of Trento