Exploring ideas of lightness and perception, PAR has created an interactive installation for the exhibition Time Space Existence at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Through materiality and light, the installation engages fundamental architectural themes of space and existence; its reflective forms changing according to the surroundings. The extraordinarily thin, suspended aluminum structure offers an undulating field for interaction where people can come together during events at Palazzo Mora.
Curated by Global Art Affairs Foundation
Vernissage on 26 to 27 May 2016 from 18.00 to 22.00
Exhibition from 28 May to 27 November 2016
With special thanks to Arup for their in-kind engineering and Lorin for their generous fabrication and sponsorship.
On 22, Oct 2014 | In HOMEPAGE EXHIBITIONS | By PAR
5×5 Participatory Provocations
Curated by Kevin Erickson, Julia van den Hout & Kyle May
On view from February 15 to March 4, 2016
The avant-garde in architecture has for decades captured its imaginations via two-dimensional representations, but this exhibit asked twenty-five American architects to be just as provocative in three dimensions. The curators posed five prompts for offices to explore through physical models.
PAR proposed a Lunar Resort sited at the south pole with a horizon of near perpetual sunlight and proximity to ice water. The building is comprised of inflatable polyhedron modules that can be transported by space rocket, assembled onsite and reinforced with protective shells of rover printed, radiated regolith. The resort is organized as a gathering of soft volumes of varying sizes and undulating orientations that reflect programmatic uses while creating a porous geometry that allows both sunlight and views to permeate the structure. The volumes lightly intersect with one another leading to a collection of spaces for lunar exploration, leisure and sleeping.
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The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design invited PAR to design a temporary structure for their annual ForumFest benefit held at the Sixth Street Viaduct on October 25, 2015.
Embracing the brutality of the site with an extraordinarily light structure, the design revealed a subtle play on light and perception, its reflective forms changing according to the light and movement of people around it. The floating aluminum structure, suspended by a series of delicate steel cables, provided an undulating field for activity where people could celebrate within the viaduct. Elements of the structure varied in height, creating lighting canopies and table surfaces, where the ForumFest events program could be presented.
With special thanks to Arup and their in-kind engineering and sponsorship.
On 30, Mar 2013 | In HOMEPAGE EXHIBITIONS | By PAR
Wilshire Tower proposed by PAR, is part of the Architecture + Design Museum’s exhibition Shelter: Rethinking how we live in Los Angeles. Seeking to change expectations for living within the expanding metropolis, the exhibition explores how new forms of housing can respond to changes in the cultural fabric and physical landscape of Los Angeles.
For the exhibition, PAR proposed a new model of high-rise courtyard housing, integrated with mass transit, on LACMA’s proposed tower site along Wilshire Boulevard. The tower typology, an important element in the contemporary metropolis, has become anonymous, defined mainly by its height. Typical residential towers, while successfully providing density, rarely produce unique living environments with access to green space, two qualities that are emblematic of Los Angeles living. PAR’s proposal, developed in close collaboration with BuroHappold, acts against this endemic monotony, creating a 930 foot tall stack of individual houses, each with a direct connection to nature through oversized terraces, some containing common spaces and leisure zones. Check it out on ArchDaily.
The exhibition is co-curated by Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago and is on view through November 6, 2015. With special thanks to BuroHappold and their in-kind engineering and sponsorship.
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For a second year in a row, PAR has won a National Emerging Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects. We are currently taking part in the annual awards exhibition which promotes compelling work of the rising generation of American architects. The exhibition opened on March 20th at the American Center for Architecture.