In Madrid, Spain, Infomab10 by Studio Kawamura Ganjavian is a pavilion designed and built in record time and within record budget. It consists of an off-the-shelf 28m³ glass-fiber reinforced polyester water tank that was intervened. 100 circular perforations allow speckles of natural light to flood the space during the day, whereas during the night they project the internal light towards the outside like a constellation. Two doors allow circulation through the space.
It was installed temporarily at Paseo de Recoletos in central Madrid during February 2010 as information centre of the public art programme Madrid Abierto, and it was subsequently transported to the Matadero cultural centre. It is currently used as documentation archive of the Madrid Abierto Festival.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Infomab10 pavilion
Location: Madrid, Spain
Architect: Studio Kawamura Ganjavian | http://www.studio-kg.com/
Typology: Mobile pavilion
Photographs: Alfonso Herranz | http://www.alfonsoherranz.com/
+ About kawamura-ganjavian
kawamura-ganjavian is a young architecture studio established in 2000 by Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian.
After meeting in London, where both were studying, they have worked in several countries: India, USA, Japan, Great Britain and Switzerland in the fields of urbanism, architecture, stage design and product design, both professionally and academically. In 2006 they set up their present base in Madrid from where they direct projects in Spain, Great Britain, France and Switzerland. They are founding members of the multidisciplinary creative platform Studio Banana.
The studio understands architecture in its full variety of scales, working in the fields of product and furniture design, ephemeral architecture, interior and environment design, building projects and territorial studies. Understanding that architecture in its broad sense always departs from inhabitation of a space and place, and from basic human needs and emotions, the principles that thread the different scales of the studio’s practice are constant and originate from multiple sources.
kawamura-ganjavian have been directors and tutors of the European Design Labs master course and tutors of the Furniture Design Master at the Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid, assistant tutors at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland), guest critics at the Architectural Association London, Bartlett School UCL London, EPFL Lausanne and ETH Zürich. The studio has participated in exhibitions, workshops, seminars and conferences in Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, United States and Korea. Its work has been published in magazines and books in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Korea and Taiwan.
kawamura-ganjavian are also Maki Portilla-Kawamura, Pablo Carrascal, Mónica Mejía, Sofie Liesenborghs, Victoria Ovín, Ivann Ly, Indra Vanhoenaker, Fabio Molinas and Cornelia Tapparelli; and have been in the past Amir Afshar, Sarah Kang, Victor Ruben, Lilia Tsevetkova, Tony Berrio, Mónica Borondo, Ivo Gigante, Toño Guadarrama, Milos Jovanovic, Lu Lu, Daniel Duarte and Agustín Zea.