Edge Hill Train Station Pavilion
European Cultural Biennale
Steel Pencil Award Winner, ephemeral spaces category. 2008
Liverpool, Reino Unido
Initially, the purpose of our participation was to make a pavilion to increase the physical exhibition area for the programming of the Art Biennale. It coincided that in 2008 Liverpool was selected as the European cultural capital and for this reason the city had to prepare to receive a greater number of visitors for more than a year.
Edge Hill station is the oldest in the world, for this reason the Biennale organization decided to recover it and make it part of the exhibition spaces used for the event.
At the site we saw some wooden blocks that were used as a finishing material for the surface of the pedestrian accesses to the buildings. Unfortunately the area that was preserved was very small and practically invisible to any visitor. The geometric shape of these wooden blocks led us to think of two ideas: an assembly and a sequence; both concepts lead to movement. That was what really interested us: a movement in space like travelers in a station.
We did not reconstruct the basic idea of a pavilion, but we decided to install 600 elements with the same geometric base, but with different heights to allow different forms of the void.
The assembly was studied so as not to obstruct the existing building and to make bays to allow outdoor activities during the biennial.
Juan Manuel Peláez/Sculptor: Luis Fernando Peláez
Juan Esteban Ramírez