This year IaaC was invited to participate in the Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV), an ephimeral architecture festival that takes place in the historical centre of Montpellier from the 11th to the 15th of June 2014. FAV occupies squares and spaces that are not usually open to the city for one week, allowing people to discover these spaces through the paralell discovery of ephimeral architectures proposed by emerging young architecture studios, as well as an invited university – this year IaaC.
The IaaC installation proposes to create a space within space, a pavilion in a courtyard, to enhance the intimacy and privacy suggested by the existing courtyard. The pavilion is a textile construction, generated through the use of the least possible structural elements, floating in equilibrium like a sheet strewn in the wind. The structure is lightweight and collapsable, designed and built by students in the framework of the Experimental Structures academic course in the Masters in Advanced Architecture course. When installed in the courtyard, the pavilion develops its interactive potential through a sensoral experience. Entering this new living space in the courtyard and touching the fabric walls, the courtyard takes life under the form of a soundscape from the outside world. The textile structure reacts to the users incorporating the senses of sight, touch and hearing, finally evoking a diverse reality.