Barcelona Temporary Pavillion
Team: Tarik Keskin
Port of Barcelona, throught it’s 2000-year old history, has been one of the major ports of the Western Europe. The contemporary port was strategically revised and planned starting in 1987, dividing the port in three main areas; the commercial port, logistical port and the old port, the last one being the most important and at times referred to as “Port Vell”, because of it’s historical importance.
Through the ancient times, middle ages and modern age, this point has always been a place to fight for. People who had it always tried to keep it, and defended it.
At this level of significance, today it holds and important role for the tourists and citizens of Spain. It is a main tourist attraction point with it’s old buildings, malls and the marina.
THE PORT is a temporary pavilion that offers it’s visitors to stop and rest for a moment, and spend quality time watching the vista of Port Vell while sipping on their drink, take a tour of the exhibition and cooling off a little away from the sun, or just be hanging out with people on a variety of leisure areas and cafes.
The project site is situated on an important spot, where many pedestrian cross, some want buy tickets for touristic boat tours, while others just pass by. On that crossing point, THE PORT delivers the qualities of a stop-by point and stands out as a landmark, giving people a glimpse of Port Vell’s importance.
The materials are either totally recycable or totally renewable, they also create a feeling of a harbour, as they are all sea and port-related materials. These textures surround the user and naturally create an impression of being on an old harbour, which unifies with every experience or action that can be done at THE PORT, such as reading a book lying on the floor or having a snack at the cafe.
While most of the materials are brought to the site as they are, some of them, like the containers, needs a process to be turned into a cafe or a public toilet, and that process is planned to be done in FABLAB facilities.
The materials used in THE PORT are all going to be redistributed around the world after it’s usage, by ship, which is the most carbon-effective transportation method. If there is any other project on the globe that needs some sort of support, like NPO or NGO projects, they will benefit from this and projects will come to life.
No one will know exactly where all these materials came from, and where they are heading afterwards. The fact that a pallet from norway or, a wooden crate made by fishermen in the Caribbean could have been carried to here is a reality.
This brings an awareness of; in order to be able to understand and augment our planet and be more kind on envrionment, we as humans should understand where things come from and where they are going to be. In this case, THE PORT aims to sincerely make it’s users become aware of that fact, even on a smaller scale.