The Amazonian Pavilion, shaped like a fish trap, preserves the region’s biodiversity and indigenous culture

The Amazonian Pavilion, shaped like a fish trap, preserves the region’s biodiversity and indigenous culture

amauri gaspar conceptualizes the amazon pavilion

Located on the banks of the Amazon, Amauri Gaspar visualizes a pavilion in the shape of a fish trap that preserves and revives the memory of indigenous culture. The grand curving structure celebrates the rich heritage and way of life of the community and houses facilities dedicated to the conservation of the region’s rich marine and biodiversity, combined with distinctive tourism experiences.

The pavilion, which features simple local architecture – symbolic of a synthesis of man’s relationship with nature in the Amazon – is clad in woven, lattice-like wickerwork that mimics the traditional wickerwork technique in a delicate construction expression. Gaspar crowns the complex with a PET roof integrated with photovoltaic cells for renewable energy. The complex also floats on stilts to adapt to the sharp changes in the Amazon’s water levels throughout the year.

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all pictures by Amauri Gaspar

a floating complex to preserve local biodiversity

Fluidly adaptable, the Amazon Pavilion floats to accommodate the fluctuating water levels and sharp change in seasons. “You don’t fight with the water, you live with it” notes designer Amauri Gaspar. The island experiences two very different seasons, resulting in contrasting living situations for the residents. Throughout the season from March to August – an ideal time to visit the Igapos – water levels rise to 15 metres. During the dry season from September to February, river levels are at their lowest, reducing space for fish and making fishing and alligator spotting much easier.

In response, the pavilion’s foundations are ceramic tables filled with reeds, believed to be unsinkable to cope with rising sea levels. The designer places rings around the columns and piles to stabilize the complex and ensure it stays in place despite the building’s levitating movements.

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laden with the memory of indigenous heritage

The project commemorates the memory and lifestyle of the indigenous people – a community that fought for their land, diversity and historical customs – with a heritage and sustainable development program. Indigenous communities represent less than 5% of the world’s population and protect 80% of global biodiversity. As such, the pavilion is dedicated to preserving the region’s natural elements, including agricultural and marine areas, algae cultivation and bioenergy spaces.

Furthermore, the complex creates an equal hierarchy for its program, drawing on the lack of social class in indigenous society, where all are instead treated equally. This is reflected in the architecture, circulation and internal divisions. The pavilion consists of four levels. On the lowest level are restaurants and private administration rooms. Above are exhibition floors where daily activities are developed. At the entrance, the portals maintain temperature and air circulation. Around it, a large pier deck leads to fish farming and marine areas, algae cultivation and bioenergy areas, and tourist facilities.

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Project info:

Surname: Amazon Pavilion
Designers: Bow. Amauri Kaspar

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edited by: ravail khan | design boom

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