Mirage Almere - the shapeshifting pavilion
What if a building can change its appearance? What if a pavilion can be turned on or off? What if a facade can be programmed as a movie montage or played as a musical instrument? What if architecture functions as a smart interface for exhibitions and events? Mirage is an art pavilion whose entire glass skin can be programmed into infinite metamorphoses.
The building can ripple like its own reflection in the water. It can define ever-changing frames so that the windows are panoramic one moment and rhythmic and dramatic the next. The building can dance, roll, jump and easily switch between transparent and opaque. It can appear as a beautifully open whole or as a matte box in which shadows wander around or video projections cover the entire facade. Mirage is a contemporary work of art, changeable as the technique and gadgets with which we are in daily contact.
By analogy with the design, function and programmability of the pavilion, the bank connection is designed as a fade-in or fade-out. The evolution from transparent glass to solid concrete creates - depending on the direction in which one walks - a sensation as if the bridge materializes or de-materializes. The terrace is conceived as a strong and massive pedestal embracing the art pavilion. The intention is therefore that the terrace will be able to function very emphatically as an active public space. This makes it a place that can provide for events or film screenings, but also a place for sculptures, performances and other spatial interventions and activities.