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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.90 Santiago ago. 2015 

Demountable structures

COP 20 Lima
Voices for Climate Fair. Lima, Perú, 2015


Roman Bauer Arquitectos(1)

© Augusto Román

© Augusto Román

Temporary events such as fairs or conferences are occasions in which many resources are concentrated to produce a place of gathering, communication, and dissemination. This design proposes to make responsible use of these resources, extending their useful life after the event.

Design strategies were based on bioclimatic knowledge, achieving maximum thermal and lighting comfort, making use of the natural resources available, and avoiding the unnecessary use of climate or artificial illumination equipment during the day. Hence, the exterior was conceived as a great cloak of teatinas which direct the predominant south wind towards the interior, avoiding the risk of solar radiation and providing an adequate natural and indirect illumination.

Also, one of the project´s main goals was trying to achieve the smallest impact on the site by taking advantage of the elements present there, minimizing their transformation and facilitating its restoration after the event. The grass was kept, transporting it by blocks and taking care of it somewhere else until it was relocated. The site’s vegetation was respected and included in the design as well as a large slope which was used as an amphitheater of flexible use.

In parallel, a catalog of reused or recycled materials and elements was defined to be implemented in the pavilions: pallets, containers, modular metal structures and reusable high-traffic carpets.

Finally, components were designed to be reused whether by returning them to its previous use or by assembling them in other locations; this was the case of the auditoriums, designed to be easily assembled as cultural or social infrastructure within fragile ecosystems, as an alternative for permanent construction. The main entrance containers to each pavilion were also proposed as a modular and flexible complex that acts as an itinerant museum, taking a summary of this exhibition to the rest of the country. 

AA Section. Published scale 1: 500

Front views of containers. Published scale 1: 200

Site plan. Published scale 1: 2.000
Legend: 1. Voices for Climate Fair; 2. Existing lagoon; 3. Access tunnel; 4. Auxiliary route; 5. Lawn race lane

Architects: Roman Bauer Arquitectos. José Bauer, Augusto Román / Contributors: Borja Ganzábal, Alessandra Morán, Yakov Macha, Arturo Cochatoma, Ronald Armijos, Paul Ramírez, Jaime Oteyza / Location: Jardín derecha del túnel Pelousse, Jockey Club del Perú. Surco, Lima, Peru / Commission: Ministerio del Ambiente, Comunica+A / Construction: Ripamonti & Tapia, Multitainer / Date of project: 2014 / Date of construction: 2015 / Materials: Temporary modular steel structure with plastic sheeting enclosure, High Cube 40 ft containers, drywall coating inside containers, recycled wood pallets, reused artificial grass carpet / Built area: 3.700 m² / Plot area: 6.880 m² / Cost: US$ 190/m².

1. Roman Bauer Arquitectos | Partners since 2012, José Bauer and Augusto Román have developed demountable projects for public facilities such as the Museíto Itinerante and La Canchita Cultural Center, awarded by the Municipality of Lima in 2013. In 2014 they won the UNDP tender for COP20 Lima Climate Fair, United Nations event for climate change.

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