Kuori is an environmental art project articulating around a wooden pavilion built to function as a hub for art and performances.
The program consisted of exhibitions, performances, workshops and discussions about what is the role of art and culture in urban context during natural catastrophes and in post-catastrophe situations.
Kuori is our take on the Hexayurt, an open-source construction system originally intended to supply cheap temporary shelter in post-catastrophe scenarios.
Inspired by the modifications to the basic form proposed by Scott Davis and Dylan Toymaker, we tackled the problem of adapting the design to make it more suitable to host events and more similar to an art gallery.
Our idea was to create a hub, an enclosed space from which things could expand and contaminate the space of Hauhonpuisto Park. For this reason we planned our hexayurt so that two of the six walls effectively become a large gate opening onto the outside space.
During the day, when the yurt hosts events and happenings, space and activities flow freely between the hub and the park, while at night the yurt closes its doors, becoming a reassuring enclosed shelter.
The pavilion was mostly built with MDF panels kindly donated by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Their black colour and shiny finish give Kuori a particulary slick appearance.