Friday, November 06, 2009
Exit Zaha - au Plus Vite
After closing on the last day of October, tent fabric that had become streaked with grime only days after its opening was quickly stripped away, leaving the pavilion to be seen, however briefly, at its best: a beautiful, intricate aluminum shell.
. . . which construction crews made quick work of dismantling . . .
. . . leaving only a grimy sidewalk shadow behind.
Now the wrecking crew turns its attention to Ben van Berkel's UNStudio pavilion, the glossy white surface pried away to reveal the plywood guts beneath, with the underlying steel frame still to be revealed.
When we wrote about it this past April, the Hadid pavilion was touted as being "designed to be re-used, a 'giant erector set' whose structure can be dismantled, its fabric "zipped into bags" to live another day in a different location, for a new purpose." But like so much else with the wildly dysfunctional Hadid pavilion, the truth fell far beneath the claims. Like the van Berkel, it's now simply headed to the recycling bin, never to be seen again.
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