Juan Manuel Balsa
(Studio: Balsa Coffio Piazzi Architects)
project selected: P a b e l l o n I X B I A U
AUTHOR: Mg. Arq. Juan Manuel Balsa, Arq. Diego Avendaño, Arq. David Coffio and Arq. Francisco Figueroa
COLLABORATORS: Office of Architecture of the Municipality of Rosario, Baglietto Structures.
LOCATION:Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Federico Cairoli
Located on the waterfront of the city of Rosario and stipulated as an insertion point for the venue of the IX BIAU 2014, a pavilion was proposed that responded to the premise of being a temporary intervention with a surface area of 100m2, with a tight budget and whose construction could be carried out quickly.
This ephemeral character gave the structure both autonomy and contrast with the site. The aim was to take advantage of this contrasting condition by shaping a landmark of urban presence that, although temporary, would stand as a clear point. The pavilion was conceived as a translucent scaffolding, an articulating piece that sought to preserve the link between the park and the river, minimising the impact on the surroundings without interrupting the skyline at pedestrian level.
The horizontality of the landscape and its panoramic views were respected, thus achieving an interior space which, due to its scale, had an inviting character. Two concepts were raised core topic around the nature of the ephemeral: on the one hand, the subject and on the other, time. The need to build quickly and economically led to the use of a scaffolding system made up of elements that were originally weak in their conception. In the same way, a structure destined for a short life would not generate waste.
It was the very simplicity of the scaffolding, easy to build without requiring specific technical knowledge, that gave the material and the structure its form, beauty and strength. After its dismantling, the virtual presence of the structure in images replaces its material presence in reality. The transcendence of these images makes it possible to generate a speech as powerful as the architecture itself, or even to take its place. This raises the question of proposal for reflection on architecture, its relationship with the ephemeral and with the constructed subject .