~ Snarkitecture// 'Drift' pavilion Design Miami

An entrance pavilion for Design Miami 2012Drift designed by Brooklyn-based design firm Snarkitecture creates an unexpected moment within the context of the familiar white vinyl tent, reformulating the material to create a floating environment. Inflated tubes are bundled together to create a topographical landscape in suspension: an ascending mountain above and an excavated cavern below. These long cylinders are arranged vertically to infill the area of the entrance courtyard, and then lifted to create areas of circulation and rest for the visitors entering and exiting the structure. 

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Filtered light passes between the tubes of the inverted landscape creating a space both interactive and contemplative. Apertures in the canopy above frame views of the Miami sky and allow natural light and fresh air into the interior. The lightness of the floating tubes underscores the mass of the enormous installation, visible from a distance of several blocks. Drift identifies the entrance courtyard as a site of activity and design. The rising landscape becomes a beacon for visitors approaching Design Miami/ while the excavated cavern presents a moment of exploration before entering the fair. 

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A courtyard lounge area is equipped with long, tubular seating that closely mirrors the floating tubes, creating areas of respite for visitors to the event.

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The result is half-stalactite, half-fun house that looks particularly cool and comfortable next to the swaying palm trees.

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Design Miami, which represents the best of both international and American design officially opened today and will run through December 9, 2012.

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Photos courtesy Snarkitecture

Photos by Markus Haugg