Flying Panels at ArkDes
Aleksandr Deyneka, Building Peace, 1960. First sketch. Early render. Architectural model of the exhibition. Architectural model of the exhibition. Architectural model of the exhibition. Colour, module, material, and texture test. Final render. Variation sketches. Details. Details. Details. Exhibition design modules.
In the post-war era of urban reconstruction, the concrete panel represented optimism: a utopian symbol of hope for a better world. Today, concrete is more commonly associated with the grey monotony of the neglected cityscape, and is often dismissed as ugly and dystopian.
This exhibition explored the changing fortunes of concrete building systems. Taking inspiration from the contrast between organised structure and constant movement – materials piled on the ground and parts swinging in the sky – we aimed to translate the positive vision portrayed by the pop art and propaganda posters featured in the exhibition into its design and layout.
The graphics were a central feature of the exhibition, created in close collaboration with Brand Union.
Flying Panels: How Concrete Panels Changed The World
for ArkDes – Sweden's National Centre for Architecture and Design