Waterfall Pavilion

A Bench, a Room, a Bridge

When the international conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija was commissioned to create a piece for the first Los Angeles Public Art Biennial, wHY’s Objects Workshop worked closely with his studio and the City’s Cultural Affairs Department to realize the artists’ vision for a place of meditation and rest as well as a series of programs ranging from watercolor classes to Chado tea ceremonies.

In this project, Tiravanija employs architecture to create a juncture between people and place, creating situations that bring us closer to the river. Using available panel sizes and common construction-grade materials to keep costs on budget, we were able to work closely with the engineer and contractor to deliver the project on a tight deadline.

The gesture of the structure recalls the act of walking; the two ‘feet’ of the deck step across a spillway for recycled water.  Large stones walk to the pavilion, encouraging visitors to linger.  A unified roof with upturned beams creates a simple ceiling plan as well as a clean space to meditate, talk, or fish.  A hidden helical pile foundation minimizes the impact of the temporary structure on the park.

  • Workshops
  • Client
    Rirkrit Tiravanija Studio
  • Location
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Role
    Architect and Artist Collaborator
  • Status
    Commenced and Completed 2016
  • Image Credits
    Panic Studio LA, courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

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