Gharfa Pavilion
Edoardo Tresoldi
Riyadh

Studio Studio Studio is a multidisciplinary laboratory created by Eduardo Tresoldi, an architect known for his efforts to blur physical limits through transparency of material, and for using industrial elements tos strike up a dialogue between art and the surroundings. This collaboration project involves artists, musicians, designers, architects, and filmmakers gifted with an unconventional imagination.

The proximity to Riyadh’s Al-Turaif District (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is used as leverage in the design of the Gharfa Pavilion, and the architect works hand in hand with the musician Max Magaldi, the designer Arberonero, and the garden designer Matteo Foschi to come up with a space for encounters, meditation, and rest.

The scheme works upon the ruins of the space, and reveals the different spaces through narrow passageways. The structure, resembling an old fortress, shows the Tresoldi seal by means of a cork-filled wire mesh rising 26 meters. The atmosphere created reflects an intimate relationship between people, the landscape, and the architecture, inviting the visitor to walk through and discover the space.

Duna, by Alberonero, seeks to generate a space where one can disappear thanks to semi-transparent cloths placed around the entrance threshold, complementing the pavilion.

In a metaphor between the traditional and the contemporary, Tresoldi recreates a bonfire inside through audiovisual means, adding a sky with artificial clouds.

The multidisciplinary experience of the pavilion is complemented by the contribution of Matteo Foschi, who makes plants interact with the industrial materials. Max Magaldi takes care of sound effects in the exhibition space, treating visitors to an isolated experience designed to be appreciated in an exceptional way, heard fully only at the very center of the installation.

The complexity achieved thanks to the Arab style of the design is complemented in turn by the interation between the varios interventions carried out in the pavilion. Moreover, the projects, scaffolds, and other instruments employed to create artifices in the exhibition space are deliberately keep visible, emphasizing the interaction. Every piece fits in as if part of an intricate orchestral composition that aspires to serve as an example for future artistic expressions.

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