Exhale pavilion Miami Beach Competition

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Creative Time ‘Oceanfront’ competition – design by Phu Hoang Office / Rachely Rotem Studio

Dec 7, 2010

Exhale pavilion Miami

Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio have won the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach / Creative Time ‘Oceanfront’ competition to design an outdoor public art pavilion during the contemporary art fair.


Exhale Pavilion Will Create a Public Art Venue for 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach

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(New York, NY – November 2010) Wind is inherently without form. The Exhale pavilion harnesses this essential formlessness to create a dynamic interactive environment for public art.

The winning competition entry for the Art Basel Miami Beach and Creative Time Oceanfront project by Phu Hoang Office and Rachely Rotem Studio will create a public art venue for the annual Art Basel Miami Beach contemporary art fair. The evening programs will include video and performance artists as well as D.J. dance programs.

The twenty-five thousand square foot beach site in Miami Beach will be temporarily transformed by seven miles of hanging ropes swaying in the wind. The form of the pavilion literally shifts with the weather, producing an open, flexible and dynamic environment. The Exhale pavilion eschews static divisions of space, instead promoting constant activity in informal public spaces that change their use and interactivity as the evening winds change.

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The Exhale pavilion uses two types of rope to create diverse interactive environments. Some ropes are reflective while others are phosphorescent; together they produce a canopy that shimmers and glows in the night. An interactive installation of “floating ropes” is activated by a wind-speed sensor. When the wind reaches a particular speed, it will momentarily activate all of the adjacent ultraviolet lights, “charging” a field of glowing phosphorescent rope.

Other, smaller wind speed sensors mounted at human height respond directly to users’ behavior. When someone blows on a sensor, it momentarily “charges” the nearby glowing ropes. Additionally, a hammock clearing provides a space for the public to lounge and swing beneath the swaying rope canopy. Both the floating ropes installation and hammock give form to the site’s wind effects while creating new forms of public interaction with the environment.

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Exhale pavilion Miami Beach photos : Robin Hill

About Phu Hoang

Phu Hoang is the Founder and Principal of Phu Hoang Office, an award-winning New York-based architecture practice with projects in architecture, interior, and exhibition design. Phu Hoang Office won the Architectural League Prize in 2009 and the design work of the practice has been published both nationally and internationally.

Phu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, and currently teaches in the graduate architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to establishing his practice, Phu held a project director role in the international design practice Bernard Tschumi. http://www.phuhoang.com/

About Rachely Rotem

Rachely Rotem is the founder and principal of Rachely Rotem Studio, a New York and Tel Aviv-based design practice with projects ranging from urban environments to interior and furniture design. Rotem holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Technion in Haifa, Israel, a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and currently teaches at the Parsons New School for Design.

In 2004, she won the ‘Catch the Light’ international competition (with LoT) for the 2004 Athens Olympics and has received international awards and prizes throughout her career including the Lowenfish Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Prize. http://rachelyrotem.com/

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