Together Apart – 2020 Suzhou International Design Week Pavilion, China by reMIX studio

Experience the urban space through a different lens

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Together Apart is a pavilion that explores the contradictions of a public space designed for gatherings in a time of social distancing.

▼展亭外观,external view of the pavilion ©夏至

展亭设计回应了2020苏州国际设计周的理念——“新日常”:  探索后疫情时代的社会互动和文化交流。在封城一度使得每个人的社交方式都沦为虚拟的在线交流之后,中国终于从新冠大流行中恢复过来,人们也重新涌上街头。然而,保持社交距离仍是不会过时的潜在条件,正迫使人们通过不同的视角去体验城市空间。

The design responds to a call from 2020 Suzhou International Design Week to explore the “New Norm”: emerging post-epidemic forms of social interaction and cultural exchanges. After the lockdowns had reduced everyone’s social life to virtual online encounters, China is finally recovering from the pandemic and people are going back to filling the streets. Social distancing, though, is still an ever-present underlying layer that forces them to experience the urban space through a different lens.

▼远景鸟瞰图,distanced aerial view ©夏至

▼项目位置和平面图,location and floor plan ©reMIX studio


The design brief asked for a lecture hall / workshop space with an annexed info point / cafe’. Rather than imposing one way of using the pavilion, we provide the maximum variety of operational modes. When there is no event the pavilion works as an intensifier of the surrounding plaza, offering a sort of artificial topography where people can sit down to enjoy a coffee or read, lie down on soft cushions to watch a projection or play on the suspended net in the back. During a lecture, instead, the visitors can decide whether they want to be part of the small crowd gathered together inside the pavilion or they prefer to stay apart and peek in from a safe distance through the holes located in the back.

▼剖透视图,多样化的使用场景,perspective section showing the various operational modes ©reMIX studio

▼展亭内部阶梯式空间,与周围广场保持视觉上的联系,stepped space inside the pavilion, remaining visual connections with the surrounding plaza ©夏至

▼丰富的公共活动,rich public activities ©苏州国际设计周

▼社交距离约束的实体化,the physical constraints of social distancing ©苏州国际设计周


The interior is wrapped by a colorful elastic skin made of silicon pipes that filters the views without disconnecting the lecture hall from the plaza. Suzhou is internationally famous for its traditional gardens and their architecture that challenges the usual dichotomy of “in and out”. Our façade explores the same concept, blurring such threshold in order to attract the curiosity of the passers-by, while preserving an intimate atmosphere for the speaker and the audience inside. If they decide to enter, visitors have to pull the elastic strings apart and squeeze to pass through, in an effort that reminds them of the importance of social distancing when their personal space is challenged by the pressure of the multitude.

▼彩色弹性表皮,space wrapped by pink silicon pipe ©苏州国际设计周

▼夜景下的灯笼效果,the lantern effect ©夏至

▼轴测图:人造地面与钢结构,axonometric: the ground and the steel structure ©reMIX studio

项目: 聚隔  2020苏州国际设计周展亭 
年份: 2020
地点: 中国, 苏州
状态: 建成
类型: 展亭
功能: 演讲厅, 问讯处, 咖啡厅
规模: 70平方米
业主: 苏州国际设计周
施工方: 山东华瑞展览有限公司
结构顾问:  Davide Tomasi
团队: Nicola Saladino, 陈忱, Federico Ruberto, 王翊人, 许诺凡, 吕守拓, 张紫峣

Project: Together Apart. 2020 Suzhou International Design Week Pavilion
Year: 2020
Location: Suzhou, China
Status: completed
Type: pavilion
Program: lecture hall, info point / cafe’
Size: 70 sqm
Clients: Suzhou International Design Week
Contractor: Shandong Huarui Exhibition Limited
Structural constulant: Davide Tomasi
Team: Nicola Saladino, Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto, Wang Yiren, Xu Nuofan, Lv Shoutuo, Zhang Ziyao

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