In addition to public events, activities and venues, over 40 companies and organizations have constructed pavilions to showcase their products and technologies. Architectkidd developed the building design for the Bridgestone Pavilion.
The Bridgestone Pavilion aims to communicate the company’s commitments in manufacturing, investment and knowledge. With emphasis on showcasing new technologies, Architectkidd had the opportunity to implement some unique design approaches for the building. The design for the Bridgestone Pavilion has received interest from not only the automotive industry but also eco-design and building sectors as well.
The building design was generated based on 3-dimensional spatial requirements. The starting points were the interior functions, building heights and site boundaries, as well as the continuous flow of visitors from entrance, exhibitions, to exit. The requirements were digitized volumetrically and merged to form the overall building, with the exterior a result of optimizing the interior spaces while minimizing extraneous elements such as additional edges, corners, and leftover spaces.
During construction, the structural design and steel fabrication team engineered 66 steel profiles – each with a distinct shape and curvature. All steel elements were hand-made and prefabricated before installing on the site.
For the finishes, the collaboration with Bridgestone allowed access to its extensive polymers expertise. One example is the use of EVA heat-reflecting film laminated on the glass windows and doors of the pavilion. Bridgestone also supplied materials for light-transmitting solar panels (installed as a roof skylight) as well as flexible roofing membranes. The entrance of the pavilion is made from elastic PVC fitted across pre-formed steel profiles.