The Danish Pavilion (dismantled)
Visits to earlier world exhibitions had given the architects the impression that senseless presentations should be replaced by simple, expressive quality. Unconscious technology should be replaced by simple, expressive quality. Unconscious technology should be replaced by sensualism. Density and discomfort should be replaced with physical comfort.
Therefore a concept was sought which could offer the following: architecture of a very special quality to form the background for experiences and a large, beautiful spaciousness formed in a strong contemporary idiom.
The architectural framework was developed into a temporary, exhibition space determined by the elements that compose the pavilion.
A structural monolith supported the large, space defining sails. The base islands, like Denmark, rise out of the water surface.
Being hot in Sevilla, with many people exhibition was served for seated spectator was the attraction. The subjects exhibited were served for seated, resting spectators, a mixture of entertainment and information. The scheme spanned the entire site. The largest dimension, the diagonal was taken and marked with a technological monolith within which were placed all the complicated elements, the secondary spaces, etc.
Sails were stretched up against this monolith, spanning the site to create high, light spaces. Large film images were projected upon these sails creating a giant multispace based on a temporary form of expression, as is evident in the frame work of the monolith and the construction of the sails. People spectators in motion- in the large space were also part of the experience.
The sails rose out of the water, which cooled and gave a distance to the monolith so there were no dark corners and the surface was not worn by the public.