Baltic Belvedere & bubbles
In Pärnu, nine floating structures moor during the summertime. They are concrete shells, topped by collapsible aluminium structures supporting an inflatable reinforced membrane, which allows to free the inside space and host a wide range of events: exhibitions, concerts, screenings, and so forth.
These volumes, once put up and inflated, create distinct shapes for each pavilion. The permanent building and its esplanade try and create a cohesive gesture on various scales. On the scale of the city, the square outlines a linear and structuring void that is connected to the existing cultural activities of the area, while the building acts as a belvedere over the city. On the scale of the Baltic territory, both the building and its public space use traditional architectural motives which are found on the facades of the cities of the Hanseatic League to which Pärnu used to belong: scale, rhythm and historical shapes are thus questioned and given a contemporary interpretation both vertically, in the thickness of the facade, and horizontally, as a floor pattern on the esplanade. Lastly, we offer to create a dense pine grove on the riverbank, which would act as an echo of the Baltic forest and which could host various events over the summer.
New construction and mobile structures of the Baltic Belvedere and Bubbles (BBB) in Parnü, Estonia
2 500 m²
Projectiles, architect + designer
Foundation for The Museum of New Art - City of Parnü