NYC-based architecture firm EFGH has really made the most out of a tiny budget and a wildly short timeline with Hedgehog, a 15'x15' performance pavilion. The stage hosted a lineup of diverse street performers as part of an effort by Virgin Mobile to raise money for youth homelessness.
Made up of a traffic cone 'skin' wrapped around a modular steel frame, the pavilion can be constructed by a small team in just under 6 hours, addressing the pop-up nature of the one day event. The use of the readymade traffic cone element kept costs down, but was transformed (through intense repetition) from a cautionary symbol to a festive texture, while still referencing the landscape of the benefit's performers.
Aside from the undeniable charm of the project, we're always excited to see designers take real ownership over small budgets and impossible timelines, using tight constraints to generate original ideas and forms, rather than just finding ways to shortcut and cope.
Construction video below and much more after the jump.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.