Flexible Italian formworks system is transformed into its own traveling exhibition
To Pozzi, the solution was apparent. “My idea was basically to use the language of the formworks to create the installation. On a job site they would be temporary.
But I saw them as having the consistency and weight of real construction.” In this way, he explains, “They became the architecture of the pavilion—the actual walls, ceiling, table, and desks.”
Indeed, the Destil Formwork System is a comprehensive lineup of modular 400-pound steel frames backed by phenolic-resin-treated plywood and engineered to hold fluid tons of concrete up to a pressure of 80 kilograms per square meter. In the real world, they are used to form walls, columns, and slabs during construction. As the dynamic structural element of the pavilion, they were presented out of context and appeared light and buoyant, simultaneously demonstrating their efficiency, functionality, and flexibility.
The company can provide standard heights of approximately 48" and 118"; special-order sizes of 54", 106", and 130"; and custom sizes and shapes, such as special angles, corners, and circular walls. A generous range of interchangeable accessories, clamps, and points of connection allows for numerous configurations of the steel frame modules in any position. To assure things run smoothly, the system is supported by full technical assistance pre- and post-sale.
In designing the pavilion, Pozzi worked in close collaboration with Ottavio Farina, who directed the engineering team to solve the issues of height and stability, and graphic designer Emanuele Gipponi, who created the billboard-inspired logos—a salute to L.A.
As for the system, according to Pozzi, “It is very simple; moreover, its modularity allows you to do almost anything.” Farina Casseforme, San Donato Milanese, Italy. www.farinacasseforme.it
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