Architecture – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022 is back with immersive installations by international artists and designers. We have selected four specially commissioned, large-scale pavilions bringing people together under the values of connectedness and sustainability while exploring scale, material, color, sound and light.
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Complex, dynamic and ambitious in scale and design, the site-responsive installations of Coachella 2022 explore a range of pressing topics and global themes surrounding environmental sustainability – from use to re-use, up-cycling to re-cycling, multi-cultural dialogue, immigration, community and exchange, social behavior and architecture, performance and pop culture.
The Playground by Architensions
Architensions presents The Playground, a colorful installation bringing urbanity to the desert. Four landmark towers, a few linked by sky bridges, respond to the single-story suburban sprawl in the Coachella Valley. Each tower features a variety of geometric forms, some with cyan, magenta and yellow dichroic film that bathes the surrounding area in colors as the sun shines through them.
The design also contains cultural references, such as arches suggestive of Roman architecture. Italianate also is the centerpiece of the large public square at the intersection of the towers, where people can rest on benches that flank its elevated platform.
Cocoon (BKF + H300) by Martín Huberman
Buenos Aires-based Martín Huberman created a nine-story sculpture composed of 300 reproductions of the iconic BKF, a.k.a the ‘butterfly’ chair. Initially designed in 1940 by Argentinian architects, BKF became popular through the reproduction of copycats and knock-off chairs that spread among projects of the mid-century modern style.
“Cocoon reclaims the Argentinian imprint of the iconic seat,” explains Martin Huberman. The installation includes a silky “skin” made of window shade-type material to provide shade during the day and illumination at night.
Circular Dimensions x Microscape by Cristopher Cichocki
25,000 feet of PVC tubes compose Circular Dimensions x Microscape, the bandshell-shaped pavilion by Coachella Valley-based Cristopher Cichocki. The architecture peers into the artist and activist’s ongoing exploration of water and the history of the desert.
The installation nests a lab where scientists and artists generate experimental video paintings by manipulating the Salton Sea’s water, salt, barnacles, and algae under microscopes. The artworks are then projected in real-time while a soundscape of field recordings and industrial rhythms resonates through the structure’s circular tunnels.
Buoyed by Kiki Van Eijk
Dutch designer Kiki Van Eyk created three four-stories-tall tilted buoys. Cultural references emphasise the goodness of diversity and inclusiveness. “It’s about the journey we’re making together in life and at Coachella,” she explains. “When you’re at a festival for a few days, you’re in a bubble, making a journey. Everybody becomes one.” The blue buoy combines an igloo form with a patchwork dome atop a Dutch-style windmill.
All photos: courtesy of Coachella 2022.