Located in Shenzhen, China, and designed by Aether Architects, Air-Mountain is a multi-purpose pavilion created for this year’s Oct Phoenix Flower Carnival. During the event, the interior space of the building serves as the venue for the concert, theatrical performance, forum and workshop of the event. At the same time, the external space shaped by its architecture form is also used as a public leisure place open to visitors, who are free to climb, sit, lie on its multidimensional surface.
The architectural design of Air-Mountain is based on two main thought: ‘Micro-ecological geometry’ and ‘Multidimensional relationship, Multidimensional phenomenon’. The idea of ‘Micro-ecological Geometry’ centers on creating a final architectural form based on the on the evolution of the “Environment/Event” demand.
The geometry of the building, using the air interlayer as the structure of the building and to form the insulation layer, the inner top of the anti-surface to avoid the sound focus, the top orifice to form a hot air diversion and lateral open hole to form the airflow convection. The evolution of the architecture form is an idea of ecological coordination.
The concept of a ‘Multidimensional Relationship, Multidimensional phenomenon’ relates to the idea of architecture having not just one single function. For Air-Mountain, the architect envisions the form not as an independent physical entity, but a fusion of architecture and surroundings, the fusion of different activities, the fusion of different states and behaviors, and the co-relationship between something man-made and nature.
The Air-mountain through the horizontal and vertical relations of space and the transparent characteristics of the building, with the different content, static and dynamic behavior are knotted under the perspective of synchronic, resulting in a visual relationship of overlapping scenery/events.
Air-Mountian offers a quiet place inside to enjoy a performance or gather with friends, while the exterior surface provides a more informal and playful function, inviting people to interact with the architectural form.