50 m2 / 450sf
What to work on when
the whole country goes bankrupt? Not only did the economy of Iceland buckled
onto itself in the fall of 2008, but it was considered a complete failure of
the political and social infrastructure. When everyone and none were to blame, how
does a nation go forward?
Industry companies were approached, who
subsequently volunteered their efforts to make this project a reality, a highly
uncommon event in better economic times. However, there was an extraordinary
sense of solidarity. Everyone involved, from material providers and consulting
engineers, to people we borrowed space and tools from were exceptionally
positive and enthusiastic about the project. It really felt like people came
together in these hard times - joining forces to accomplish common goals.
consists of 1,000 aluminum triangles, and 16,000 aluminum rivets. Every single
piece fabricated was different in size, shape, fold, and configuration. It was
designed and processed through a variety of 3D software, laser-cut then folded
and riveted by hand. Aluminum was deliberately chosen due to its unique
structural challenges, its abundance and recyclability, but also for its
potential to generate debate about the current and future use of the material.
The DIY Reykjavik
pavilion was born out of the economic collapse and may not have been realized
under different circumstances. The project is about testing the possibilities
that ultimately arise from a complete economic collapse - the current reality
facing Iceland. The modern ideological system which governed Iceland in every
aspect has failed and Iceland should now be about actualizing and seizing
opportunities arising from the collapse. How do designers navigate within this
new reality? Are we going to look backwards and let the future happen or are we
going to find a new way forward using what we have at hand? I hope people find
inspiration in our endeavor and in what a community is willing to contribute to
in order to see new ideas realized.