NL Scaffold 751
The NL Scaffold was a pavilion erected to accommodate the Dutch architecture exhibition at the Beijing Design Week 2017. The pavilion used temporary construction methods and materials to create a structure and space within which ten projects were showcased.
Architecture as Experience
We wanted to create an engaging space that made full use of the huge volume of the existing building. To do this, we created a three dimensional route, with a procession of pockets for the exhibits, and framed views to overlook the rest of the space.
Buildings as Collaborations through Clients and Users
We commissioned a series of short documentary movies to be filmed to show this, as well as how the collaboration between the architects and the clients resulted in better, user aimed architecture.
Dutch architecture on display.
In collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, we were given the opportunity to design and curate an exhibition for the design week, exhibiting architecture in China designed by Dutch designers.
Beijing Design Week
Beijing Design Week (BJDW) is an annual event aimed at showcasing design in all its forms in the capital city. The event was first launched in 2009 and has subsequently become a major event on the Beijing, and international design calendars.
The space for the exhibition was in the 751 district in Beijing. Located next door to the famous 798 art district, the 751 district is also aimed at hosting creative industries and events.
We were able to curate ten projects built by ten different Dutch architectural practices throughout China. Although the projects ranged from small scale, to extra large, each project had the same size exhibition.
Sustainable Exhibition Setup
Due to the temporary nature of the exhibition, we chose to use scaffolding, wood, fabric, and lights to create a material palette that not only juxtaposed the finished project on display, but also represented the temporality of the exhibition.
To achieve our goal we worked closely with the contractors to erect the pavilion and dismantle it, recycling all the materials used.
While we were exhibiting finished projects from around China, we wanted to create a space that gave the viewer a sense of the real side of the construction process, juxtaposing the final product with the process of creation.
Team: Martijn de Geus, Simon Henstra, Victor Tee, Han Zhang
Client: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Beijing
Project Year: 2017