Pavilion X’s dynamic dance with materiality
Pavilion X is a demountable structure that blurs the boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Conceptualized by Marc Leschelier, the framework of the pavilion is crafted from aluminum enveloped in a cement textile that undergoes a transformative process through the influence of water. The deliberate crumpling and stiffening of the material result in façade panels that are individually distinct, presenting a contrast between the organic, plastic qualities of a sculptural form and the rationality associated with an object. Presented by the Ketabi Bourdet gallery, the installation finds its temporary home in the gardens of the Hôtel de Maisons. Part of the Design at Large program during the inaugural edition of Design Miami/Paris from October 17th to the 22nd, 2023, Pavilion X defies conventional categorization by deliberately eschewing a defined function. Instead, it offers users an experiential space that prioritizes sensory engagement over practical utility.
all images by Ketabi Bourdet
a demountable structure between sculpture and architecture
Marc Leschelier, the Paris-based sculptor and architect behind Pavilion X, is known for his exploration of pre-architecture —constructing structures devoid of conventional functions. These creations often find their place in disused spaces, sculpture parks, or locations exempt from urban regulations. Leschelier’s approach to architecture revolves around the visualization of its inner dimensions, particularly the union of opposing materials and the interplay between fluid and solid matter, brick and mortar. For Leschelier, the essence of architecture is tied to the conflicting union and complementarity of opposites. This philosophy manifests in Pavilion X, where the construction process becomes a visual representation of this duality. The work provocatively questions the traditional purpose of architecture, pushing the boundaries and prompting contemplation on what architecture could be when divorced from utilitarian considerations.
the cement textile has been crumpled and stiffened by the action of water
the function of the building is not defined, however the space focuses on the impression rather than the use Pavilion X invites reflection on the liberation of form and experience
aluminum framework interacts with cement
the intricate detail of the panels
name: Pavilion X
architect: Marc Leschelier | @marcleschelier
presented by: Ketabi Bourdet gallery | @ketabibourdet
location: in the gardens of the Hôtel de Maisons, France
christina petridou I designboom
nov 14, 2023