The Breath Pavilion — 2019

Spirulina, or blue-green algae, is a photosynthetic organism that feeds on carbon dioxide while releasing oxygen. The pavilion, a landscape composed of vessels cultivating the alga, filters the air and creates a refuge for the festival grounds by providing a place for meditation and breathwork. Sitting amongst the mosaic of greens, one might become aware of the symbiosis between their breath and the algae production, thus made more conscious of their breathing.

The pavilion is composed of modular terracotta pots that contain the algae – the module size based on the anthropometric dimension of the sitting position. Curved walls encircle the communal and private meditative spaces while their exteriority function as exhibition walls. During the lifespan of the pavilion, festival-goers can observe the rituals of algae being cultivated and harvested and learn more about its benefits.

Declared a form of superfood for humans, spirulina is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and protein. The spirulina harvested from the pavilion is a source of ingredient for the test kitchen, where visitors can partake in experimental food and beverages made from the green grub as part of the experience.

The meditative space of the Breath Pavilion doubles as a production catchment of spirulina through the medium of the human body; a corporeal intimacy between body and building through the handcrafting of the terracotta pots, our breathing and the ingesting of spirulina.

In Collaboration with Isabella Ong

Shortlisted for Wonderfruit Pavilion 2019 organized by Abs Roger Design Studio