by Shift A + U

CMY paviljoen van SHIFT A+U

The Tschumi Pavilion is one of the most intangible buildings ever realized. All facades, the roof, the columns and beams consist of clear glass. The Franco-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi chose glass to produce so-called “unstable facades” that endlessly reflected the original video images that were shown in 1990 during the manifastation What a Wonderful World. This made the invisible building transformed into an illusionistic spectacle that constantly changed and in which the actual images of the monitors endless mixed  with the virtual images that were  reflected in the galss facades.

The intervention of Shift Architecture + Urbanism gives the idea of unstable facades a new interpretation Where Tschumi used the glass facades mix the video images uses Shift the glass  to mix colors. By applying transparent films on the glass facades in the colors cyan, magenta, and yellow, the pavilion is transformed into a 3D chart which, depending on the point of view of the spectator, is constantly changing.

De folies zijn aangebracht in een patroon van diagonale lijnen dat aansluit op het rigide maatsysteem van het paviljoen. Door de parallelle transparant gekleurde gevels treedt er een subtractieve menging van kleuren op. De werkelijke primaire kleuren op de folies worden vermengd tot virtuele secundaire kleuren. Geel en cyaan vormen groen, cyaan en magenta vormen blauw, magenta en geel vormen rood. Het paviljoen wordt een kleurruimte.

The films are made to a pattern of diagonal lines that connect to the rigid system of the pavilion. By the parallel transparent colored facades a subtractive mixing of colors is created. The actual primary colors on the foils are mixed to virtual secondary colors. Yellow and cyan are green, cyan and magenta are blue, magenta, and yellow are red. The pavilion is a color space.

The diagonal colour areas in combination with the phenomenon of subtractive mixing result on the outside in a ever-changing three dimensional pattern that is different from any position. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists on the roundabout on which the pavilion is placed experience by their movement a continuously shifting color-and planes game. Only in the Interior of the pavilion are the three primary colors visible in their full length. Here occurs a subtler subtractive color  by reflection instead of overlapping.

Photos: René de Wit