This interesting project was designed by the 3Gatti Architecture Studio for the Madrid Pavilion as a façade for the Foreign Office Architects Pavilion in Madrid which will replace the bamboo louvres currently surrounding the glazed walls.
The original building was designed to host an exhibition focused on low-cost housing for the fair which would last six months and this pavilion became retail and office complex after the Expo was over. After a while the original bamboo began to degrade and thus the practice of 3Gatti Architecture was asked to provide a new design to replace the original façade.
The vision of the designers is to create an entire cover of screens similar to umbrellas which fold from a central joint. The surface of each umbrella is made from perforated Corten steel and the ground elevations will be glazed to allow extra visibility.
The idea came from the fact that a lot of persons in Asia use umbrellas to protect them from the sun and as the original bamboo shutters these would provide adjustable shading while also adding extra style.