Dancing Pavilion

September 2016
One of the main characteristics of Guto Requena’s designs is that they show emotion. As weird as it may sound, all of the projects conceived by the Brazilian designer and his studio are thought to reflect human feelings and to react to them. This is also the case with The Dancing Pavilion, temporary interactive architecture realised during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio for a Brazilian beer brand, to host music and parties inside the Olympic Park. The building had an interactive architectural skin made of 500 round, spinning mirrors that opened and closed, creating optical effects. The outer face of the metallic skin was made of various colours that suggested diversity; inside there was a gigantic surface of mirrors reminiscent of a disco ball. Scattered sensors within the dance floor captured the beat of the music and the movement of people dancing, activating the mirrors’ motors on the façade (produced in collaboration with 3D studio). The result was a hypnotic kinetic environment. Under the sun, this pavilion created lights and shadows on the floor. Under the moon, light cannons dramatically cast an explosive burst of illumination outside. “To create this experience of design and technology, we wanted to provoke those visiting the largest sporting event on the planet”, explained Requena. “We wanted to take people from a common place, to stimulate the athlete that exists in everyone and bring them to a dream state of joy and escapism.” Emotional architecture shivering like an excited body.